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Nearly 350 Irvine homes without power for more than 24 hours

November 14, 2011 |  1:34 pm

Almost 350 Southern California Edison customers in Irvine have been in the dark for more than 24 hours because of the failure of an underground cable.

The breakdown knocked out power to 1,493 customers at 5:47 a.m. Sunday, said Edison spokeswoman Lauren Bartlett. By late Monday morning, 343 remained in the city's Turtle Rock neighborhood without power. Edison expected service to be restored by 2 p.m.

Some residents were incensed by the outage.

"It's an issue of basic maintenance, it sounds like, and why should it take so long to fix it?" said resident Barbara Shapiro, 76, whose had no electricity Monday.

Bartlett said Edison was working to restore power as quickly as possible.

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