At least 6,000 Long Beach homes lose power as strong winds hit the city

At least 6,000 Long Beach homes and businesses were without power for a time Tuesday afternoon as high winds battered much of the region.

In Bixby Knolls, near the intersection of Del Amo Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, over 5,500 homes lost power shortly before 2 p.m. after an electrical pole fire was reported in the same area. More than 500 additional customers were also without power near California Heights, Cambodia Town and West Long Beach, according to Southern California Edison.

Long Beach was seeing wind gusts up to 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The Long Beach Fire Department has responded to about a dozen calls for wires down, which is typical on windy days, said Capt. Jack Crabtree, spokesman for the department. So far no major incidents have been reported, he said.

As of around 6 p.m., SCE spokesperson Chris Abel said there were 19 outages, but the number of people affected was down to 2,600 Long Beach customers. Most of the outages were due to needed repairs and others from maintenance work, he said.

While SCE is seeing outages related to the wind throughout its service territory, Abel said he cannot confirm if Long Beach’s winds also caused its outages.

He said they also don’t know how long it could take to restore power.

“We know that not having power for our customers is an extreme hardship.”

Editor’s note: this story was updated with more information from SCE.

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