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Thousands without power, motorists face lengthy commutes as storm hits region

March 23, 2011 |  7:39 pm

As a storm hammered the Los Angeles area Wednesday evening, motorists faced lengthy rush-hour commutes and thousands of people were without power up and down the state.

The California Highway Patrol was reporting snow on Interstate 5 in near Gorman in the Grapevine area. For a while, CHP was pacing motorists along the busy artery.

The CHP reported a number of accidents across area highways.

More than 8,000 customers across the state were without electricity, according to Southern California Edison.

Utility spokesman Paul Klein said about 4,000 people in Hawthorne had been affected at the outage's peak. By Tuesday evening, power had been restored to 2,900 customers, he said.

In Frazier Park, which has been experiencing power outages since Monday night, about 250 people were still without electricity Wednesday evening.

For more information on outages, check out the interactive map the Southern California Edison website.


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