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Thousands without power as winds, rain continue to pummel L.A. area

December 20, 2010 | 10:46 pm

Thousands of people were without power Monday night as strong winds and heavy rain pummeled the Los Angeles area.

As of 9 p.m., nearly 21,00 customers were without electricity in areas served by Southern California Edison. The hardest-hit area was in Torrance, where more than 4,600 people were without power, the utility said.

Southern California Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady said crews would work through the night to restore power.

McGrady urged people to take precautions if they experience power outages.  "Don't use candles. Use a flashlight," she said. "And don't touch downed lines."

Wind gusts in excess of 50 mph were recorded in some areas Monday night, the National Weather Service said.

The agency issued flood advisories through early Tuesday morning for foothill communities in Los Angeles County and the Palmdale and Acton areas.


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