Thousands Without Power In Los Angeles County Amid Santa Ana Winds
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Thousands of people in Los Angeles and Orange counties were without power this morning due to strong Santa Ana winds that buffeted the Southland and blew tree debris into power lines.
About 10,600 Los Angeles Department of Water & Power customers lost power throughout the city. The largest outages were reported in Woodland Hills, Westwood, Hollywood, Sawtelle and Studio City, according to LADWP, which tweeted that the most common reason for outages during wind storms are fallen tree branches and palm fronds.
As of about 1:40 a.m., the number of customers without power was about 1,100, with the largest outage being about 900 customers in Sherman Oaks.
Southern California Edison customers in Los Angeles County also lost power Monday due to wind. According to company media representative Reggie Kumar, on an “average blue sky day,” about 4,000 to 6,000 customers throughout its coverage region lose power, while during high winds on Monday, more than 90,000 Southern California Edison customers experienced outages.
In Los Angeles County, about 4,300 Southern California Edison customers were without power Tuesday morning, including more than 2,300 in Malibu, but the company was still determining exactly how many were due to weather. In Orange County, about 1,900 customers were without power due to windy conditions, the largest outages being in Huntington Beach and Lake Forest affecting about 300 customers each.
Windy conditions were expected to last through Tuesday in most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but the most damaging gusts occurred Monday.
Gusts of 60 to 90 mph were observed Monday across the Los Angeles County mountains and adjacent foothills, according to the National Weather Service, including 96 mph in the San Gabriel Mountains south of Santa Clarita. Gusts of 45 to 65 mph were forecast in valleys and wind-prone coastal areas.