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About 18,000 Southern California Edison customers without power

November 2, 2011 |  3:45 pm

About 18,000 Southern California Edison customers across several counties were without power as a result of high winds, the utility said Wednesday afternoon.

The areas affected included parts of Brea, Calabasas, Corona, Fontana, Fullerton, Lancaster, Mira Loma, Moorpark, Santa Ana and Simi Valley, Southern California Edison said in a Twitter message.

The utility alerted people experiencing outages to not use camp stoves or outdoor heaters inside, warning that they could create toxic fumes.

The hot, dry winds have been blamed for several brush fires and a number of downed power lines. The National Weather Service said the breezes were expected to subside Wednesday evening.

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