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Storm leaves thousands without power in L.A.

October 13, 2009 |  8:37 pm

About 12,000 people throughout Los Angeles were without power tonight after the first storm of the season buffeted the region with rain and wind, officials said.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said 35 crews were working to restore power to affected neighborhoods. As of 8 p.m., power had been restored to about 20,000 others of the DWP's 1.4 million electric customers, the utility said.

The blackouts occurred as a Pacific storm descended on Southern California. The storm, which battered the northern part of the state with heavy rain and wind, was losing power but could still dump up to 4 inches of rain in mountain areas ravaged by recent wildfires, according to the National Weather Service. About half an inch of rain was expected in coastal areas.

South L.A. had about 7,000 customers affected by the power outages, the DWP said. Mar Vista had about 2,500 people without power and Hyde Park had 1,600, followed by the Mid-City area with 900 and Studio City with 700, according to the DWP.

-- Robert J. Lopez