Thousands of Edison customers without power near Traffic Circle due to ‘failed underground equipment,’ officials say

Thousands of Southern California Edison customers were left without power in Long Beach Monday afternoon due to “failed underground equipment,” Edison officials said.

The outage began at 1:58 p.m. and initially impacted 2,381 customers in the Traffic Circle area, said Edison spokeswoman Sally Jeun. The impacted area included Hathaway Avenue to the north, North Lakewood Boulevard to the east, 11th Street to the south and North Obispo Avenue to the west.

Arriving firefighters noted seeing smoke coming from the vaults in the area, according to Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jack Crabtree. No injuries were reported.

Currently, there are now 430 customers without power, Jeun noted, with the impacted area now down to Termino Avenue to the north and the same locations to the east, south and west.

There is no estimated restoration time, according to Jeun, but customers can check for updates at Edison’s power outage map here.

PCH was briefly shut down in both directions between Redondo Avenue and the Traffic Circle while crews worked to repair the equipment.

Southern California Edison workers check power lines at Termino Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway following a reported power outage Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. Photo by Thomas A. Cordova.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.