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More than 7,000 in L.A. County without power after weekend storm

March 26, 2012 |  7:42 am

 More than 7,000 Los Angeles County homes remained without power Monday morning as crews continued to repair damage caused by a fierce rainstorm.

The lingering effects of the storm, which has moved on to Nevada and is continuing to travel east, continued to sprinkle showers over the region early Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures were expected to be 10 to 12 degrees cooler than average even as skies clear for a mostly sunny day with partial clouds.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said 3,200 customers in the city of Los Angeles remained without power as of 6 a.m., including Van Nuys, Winnetka and the mid-Wilshire area.

Southern California Edison still had just more than 3,900 customers in the dark, in areas including Long Beach, Monterey Park and Santa Clarita, according to spokeswoman Mashi Nyssen.

Outages caused a blackout and evacuations at a Sherman Oaks movie theater, including five minutes into a screening of the highly anticipated teen flick “The Hunger Games,” according to Twitter posts.

At the storm’s peak Sunday afternoon, there were as many as 21,200 homes with outages mostly caused by rain and wind, according to the utility companies.

Nyssen cautioned that if neighbors appear to be out of power, traffic lights in the area may also be dark. She said residents should stay away from downed power lines and immediately call 911.

Temperatures were expected to be slightly warmer on Tuesday before another weak cold front moved in on Wednesday, forecasters said.


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