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About 8,000 Southern California Edison customers without power

November 2, 2011 |  8:11 pm

About 8,000 Southern California Edison customers across several counties were still without power Wednesday night, the utility said.

Earlier in the day, more more than 18,000 people had been without electricity, Southern California Edison said in a Twitter message.

The areas without power Wednesday night included parts of Calabasas, Fontana, Lancaster, Simi Valley and Stanton.

Heavy winds earlier in the day knocked down power lines and were blamed for several brush fires. The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for strong winds and critical fire weather through 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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