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Winds cause hundreds of Southern California residents to lose power

December 23, 2009 | 10:55 am

Hundreds of Department of Water and Power customers in South Los Angeles and Mt. Olympus were without power this morning because of wind-related problems, officials said.

About 970 customers lost power in the Mt. Olympus neighborhood since midnight, said Kim Hughes, spokeswoman for the DWP. In South Los Angeles, about 103 customers were without power.

The winds downed power lines, causing the outages, Hughes said.

Utility crews were making repairs to restore power to those customers, but it was unclear when the job would be completed.

Power was restored at 4:45 a.m. today to about 2,286 customers in Hancock Park, West Los Angeles and Marina del Rey who lost power Tuesday, Hughes said.

Winds also caused the power to go out on hundreds of Southern California Edison customers. Early this morning, about 900 customers in Riverside County's Moreno Valley lost power, but it was restored to about 680 customers within minutes, said SCE spokesman Charles Coleman.

Crews were continuing to restore power to the remaining 220 customers in that area, he said.

Officials said power outages affected about 7,500 customers in Altadena and La Cañada Flintridge on Tuesday.

In San Bernardino, about 600 customers lost power,  but it was restored overnight, Coleman said.

Wind gusts of up to 66 mph were reported Tuesday night near Santa Clarita, 59 mph near Lancaster and 55 mph near Burbank, said weather specialist Steward Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The high winds were expected to subside to about 15 to 20 mph this morning, with warmer weather forecast for Thursday and Christmas Day.

-- Ruben Vives and Alexandra Zavis