OCEAN PARK — Roughly 650 customers of Southern California Edison are still without power this morning as crews work to fix downed wires near the corner of Seventh and Marine streets, a spokesperson for the power company said.

Strong winds are to blame for the outage, which was reported at 7:39 p.m. Tuesday and impacted some 5,080 customers, said Paul Klein with Edison.

The outage stretched from Pico Boulevard south to Marine Street and Ocean Avenue east to 17th Street.

Power is expected to be fully restored by 3 p.m. today.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts as strong as 44 mph in parts of Los Angeles County. A wind advisory was in effect until 10 this morning for the Santa Monica Mountains recreation area.

The number of customers without power was reduced to 1,355 at 11 p.m. Tuesday and to about 650 by 7 this morning.

Klein warned people to never approach downed wires as they may still be “live.” He advised people to call 911 or Edison at (800) 655-4555 to report the problem.

If people are experiencing outages they should keep their freezers and refrigerators closed to keep perishable food items as cold as possible. Customers should also leave one light switch turned on so they can know when power is restored.

Never use candles. Instead use a flashlight to get around a home or business, Klein said.

 

kevinh@smdp.com

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