DOWNTOWN — To make a dreary rainy day even worse, about 50 businesses on the Third Street Promenade were without power, and were expected to remain without electricity until as late as 2 a.m. Tuesday, said Vanessa McGrady of Southern California Edison.

More than 2,000 customers were initially affected by a large outage, caused by an underground equipment failure, that occurred at 3:41 a.m. All but the mall area in the vicinity of Fourth and Second streets, Santa Monica Boulevard and California Avenue had power restored by Monday afternoon, McGrady said.

So Cal Edison offered these safety tips: 

• Use a flashlight instead of candles if power fails. 

• Do not touch downed power lines. Call local law enforcement or So Cal Edison for assistance. 

• Unplug all “sensitive” electronics. Plug in one light and wait for the power to come back on before plugging in other electronics. 

Several business along the promenade were forced to close or have limited hours. Businesses looking to recoup some of their losses can file a claim with So Cal Edison by going online to sce.com. 

The power outage may have had an effect on traffic signals around town. City officials were reporting at least four intersections where traffic lights were malfunctioning. Those intersections included Montana and Ocean Avenues, Montana and Lincoln Boulevard, Montana and 26th Street and Pico Boulevard and 26th Street. 

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