LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
(LADWP) reports approximately 118,000 of its 1.4 million
electric customers are without power as high winds continue
to cause outages in several neighborhoods. These customers
are almost exlusively located in the Los Angeles Metro
Area with a few small and single
customers remaining in the San Fernando Valley.
Power has already been restored to more than 97,000 customers
since the wind storm began last night.
LADWP currently has over 110 crews responding to over 1,000
separate incidents and has called in crews from out of state
and from other remote areas in the State of
California to assist in restoration efforts.
LADWP crews are working in extremely dangerous conditions to
restore power and are working as quickly and safely as
possible to do so. At this time, the current
estimated time of restoration for customers experiencing
outages is 24 - 48 hours. Many customers will experience
shorter outages, but customers experiencing outages should be
prepared for up to 24 - 48 hours. LADWP asks for the
patience of our customers as we work around the clock to
restore service during this major wind storm.
The following areas and neighborhoods have the
highest number of customers impacted:
Playa del Rey: 2,500
Del Rey: 2,000
South Los Angeles: 2,600
West Adams: 2,000
Hollywood Hills: 5,300
Los Feliz: 5,000
LADWP strongly encourages the public to be vigilant and
cautious to stay safe during this storm. Stay away from any
downed power lines and poles as well as downed trees and
limbs, and protect children home from school today from the
same. Beware of traffic signals that may be affected by power
outage and proceed with extreme caution. Allow access for
uniformed LADWP crews, all of whom carry Department-issued
identification cards, so they may service infrastructure in
need of repair.
In the event of a power outage:
Have a flashlight and extra batteries nearby. Don't use
candles in a power outage.
Turn off lights but leave one light turned on so you will
know when your service is restored.
Turn off and unplug appliances and other electrical
equipment. Unplug heat-producing items like irons and space
heaters. This helps prevent circuit overloading, which
could delay restoration of service.
Call us and report your outage at 1-800-DIAL DWP
If you encounter a downed power line:
Report any downed power lines immediately by calling the
LADWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397). If you or someone
else is in danger, call 911.
Do not touch a downed or dangling wire or anyone or
anything in contact with it. Always assume a downed line is
If a power line falls on your car, stay in the car and wait
for help. If you must get out, make sure you do not touch
the metal parts of the car and the ground at the same time.
The safest exit method is to open the door, stand on the
door sill and jump free without touching the car.
Stay away from metal fences, such as chain link fence, as
there may be a power line down and touching the fence
somewhere beyond your sight.
If there is damage to the connection from the power pole to
your house, you should go to the electrical box and turn
off the main switch or shut off the fuse switch. Again,
always assume electric lines are live.
In case of an electrical emergency, stay calm and think
before you act. Don't become a victim while trying to
help others. Call 911.
If someone is shocked or not breathing, apply
cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR.) Then cover the victim
with a blanket, keep their head low and get medical