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Extreme weather: IE sees power outages, state Flex Alert issued

August 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The extreme weather is not backing down in Southern California, and it has spurred power outages, Flex Alerts and excessive heat warnings.

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The California ISO issued a statewide Flex Alert on Monday that will take effect Tuesday. Customers are urged to conserve power between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to help maintain the reliability of the state's power resources. Conservation tips include:

- Setting the thermostat at 78

- Keeping rooms cool by using fans and closing drapes

- Turning off unnecessary lights and appliances

- Utilizing major appliances in the early morning or late evening

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It was the second time in the last few days the ISO issued a Flex Alert. The first was issued Thursday and was meant to last through the weekend, but was called off after a full day of conservation measures were taken Friday.

An excessive heat warning was also issued by the National Weather Service Monday for L.A. County mountains and was in effect until 8 p.m. A flash flood watch was also issued for the Inland Empire until 9 p.m.

This comes after the Inland Empire was hit with wild weather over the weekend. A wind funnel that frightened residents in the Menifee/Winchester area Sunday was captured on film by Eyewitness News viewers. While some have called the occurrence a tornado, officials have not confirmed that.

Residents in Nuevo say a small tornado also knocked out power lines in the area, although it was not known if it was part of the same weather system that passed through Menifee. The area was also hit with hail, and there were thunderstorms in Perris.

Southern California Edison crews were out working all day long Monday restoring power to Nuevo residents. Power poles were knocked down by Sunday's severe weather. Power was scheduled to be fully restored by Monday night. The poles were expected to be repaired by Wednesday or Thursday.

Some roads were also closed because of downed power lines, including Menifee Road and Nuevo Road in Nuevo and at Ramona Expressway and Rider Street in Perris.

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