Westchester and West Los Angeles were among the hardest hit areas as heavy winds contributed to power outages throughout Los Angeles Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials said.
The powerful winds that began sweeping through Los Angeles in the early morning hours January 5th, knocked down trees and blew palm fronds and branches into power lines, cutting power to thousands of residents throughout the city, said Kim Hughes, Department of Water and Power spokeswoman.
At the highest point, approximately 35,000 Department of Water and Power customers had lost electricity, Hughes said.
Southern California Edison officials said the power outages had affected about 80,000 customers throughout the Southland, including more than a thousand customers in Westside areas such as Santa Monica and Torrance.
“It’s all wind related,” said Hughes, referring to the primary cause of the outages.
Hughes said up to 3,000 DWP customers in Westside communities were still without power in the late afternoon January 6th, but as of the early morning, Sunday, January 7th, power was fully restored to nearly all customers.
Utility officials said calls of outages were initially reported at about 2 a.m. January 5th, as the winds started picking up.
Blackouts had occurred in communities throughout the city, including Westchester, Playa del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista and West Los Angeles.
Westchester, which had about 4,000 residents affected, and West Los Angeles, with 5,000 residents affected, were among the hardest hit areas during the outages, Hughes said.
More than 50 Department of Water and Power utility crews and over 200 employees had worked to restore power to customers, she said.
Southern California Edison spokesman Steve Conroy said the company received reports of downed power lines and snapped utility poles as a result of trees falling with the wind conditions.
Hundreds of Edison personnel had assisted utility crews as they worked to restore power to customers, Conroy said.
Santa Monica Fire Department battalion chief Jose Torres said some electrical lines were knocked down in areas of Santa Monica, including a line that caused a small grass fire in a backyard on 33rd Street early Friday, January 5th.
Other incidents included a fence that had blown on to the street, damaging a pay phone in the 2900 block of Main Street, Torres said.
Some alarm activations in Santa Monica also occurred as a result of the power outages, he said.
There were no injuries reported in any of the Santa Monica incidents, he said.