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Residents warned to conserve power as outages persist throughout region

September 28, 2010 |  1:58 pm

Hottest day

Southern California residents were warned Tuesday to conserve power as officials struggled to respond to several outages following record high temperatures and record demand.

At noon Tuesday, about 23,000 Southern California Edison customers were experiencing heat-related outages in Whittier, Carson, Long Beach, San Pedro and Tustin.

The Department of Water and Power was also experiencing record demand and officials planned an afternoon press conference to urge residents to conserve energy.

“With the hottest weather of the day still to come, LADWP urges all customers conserve electricity wherever it is possible and safe to do so,” said spokesman Brooks Baker in a news release.

He urged residents to run appliances in the evening hours, set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, and turn off all unnecessary lighting and equipment. 

--Paloma Esquivel

Photo: Jessica Ramirez, right, pulls friend Haydee Escalante into the fountain at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, where the temperature reached 113 - downtown's highest since records began being kept in 1877. The previous high was 112, set in 1990. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Photos: Hottest day in L.A. ever - since 1877, anyway