UPDATE: Power Returns to Many; City of Long Beach Assists with Downed Wires and Trees

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Photo by Sherwood Souzankari.

UPDATE | While power has returned to many individuals, some remain in the dark, and Sunday’s storms are still being felt in Long Beach, according to city and Southern California Edison (SCE) officials.

Southern California Edison (SCE) spokesperson Susan Cox said 21,000 customers are still without power throughout the LA metro region, down from 80,000 around 6:00PM yesterday, but exact numbers for communities were difficult.

“It’s fluid—some communities are up, then some go down,” said Cox.

Currently, the outage map shows almost the entire Los Angeles region as grey, without any specific numbers.

Meanwhile, the city reported responding to assist with 16 intersections affected by high winds and power outages, at least 10 downed trees on vehicles and more than 100 calls of arcing and downed wires.

According to city spokesperson Ed Kamlan, the city has seen significant tree branch and limb loss across the park system, dozens of downed trees and has received dozens of wind-related calls for service, such as stuck elevators, vessel assists and more.

Since the windstorm, city staff has removed all dangerous items from beaches and waterways, in addition to reinforcing the Peninsula berm.

PREVIOUSLY: Stormy Sunday Winds Knock Out Power For Thousands in Long Beach

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Photo by Jason Ruiz. 

01/31/16 at 7:45PM | Thousands were without power Sunday evening after wild weather knocked out power for Long Beach residents and others in the LA metro region, according to the Southern California Edison (SCE) power maps, tweets and city officials. 

An SCE tweet to a Long Beach customer put the number of customers affected by the outage at 141, but the map listed multiple areas of Long Beach, with affected customers numbering in the thousands. Another tweet stated that as of 6:00PM, more than 80,000 customers in the region had experienced service impacts from the rain and wind sweeping the area. 


The SCE map showed the areas affected by outages to be located in the Lincoln neighborhood, around Anaheim and Alamitos (approximately 1,802 residents impacted), two outages near Poly High affecting over 1200 people each, one outage in the Wrigley neighborhood affecting around 1,000 people, one outage near the traffic circle, affecting 945 individuals and one outage on the Peninsula in Belmont Shore, affecting around 900 people. 

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Screenshot of SCE power outage map. 

Daniel Yi of SCE said numbers on the map were lagging, however, as the map reflected regions that had recently had their power restored, as regions that recently fell into the dark. 

“These are widespread outages, certainly not limited to Long Beach,” said Yi. 

Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) spokesman Jake Heflin said the most prevalent storm-related damage the city had seen all day was downed power lines.

Yi cautioned residents who happened to run across a downed power line. 

“If you see a downed power line, call 911,” he said. “Do not touch it.” 

A tweet by SCE said 200 crews had been dispatched throughout the Southern California region to deal with the damage, but the Estimated Time of Repair (ETR) was still being determined, and was difficult to gauge, given that the number of those affected by the outages is constantly in flux. 

The Post will update this story as it develops. 

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