Updated 11 p.m.:
At least four blackouts hit Redondo Beach on Sunday afternoon as a storm battered the area. North Redondo Beach was hit hardest, with more than 1,800 customers in the area without power at some point during the afternoon.
According to information from Southern California Edison's list of current outages, one of the blackouts occurred shortly after 3 p.m., according to SCE's website. About 315 customers were affected.
Another outage affecting 286 customers in North Redondo also occurred shortly after 3 p.m., according to SCE's website. The utility is aware of the problem, though the cause is unknown.
In South Redondo Beach, an outage centered near Knob Hill Avenue and Catalina Avenue started shortly before 4 p.m.
All three outages were caused by storm conditions, and crews were working "around the clock" to restore power, according to SCE's website. The estimated power restoration times were 24 hours after each outage started.
The day's first power outage, which was caused by equipment problems, hit nearly 1,500 customers in North Redondo Beach at 1:11 p.m.; however, by 3:30 p.m., the number of customers affected had been reduced to 52. Power appeared to be restored to most of the affected customers at about 3 p.m., and the outage disappeared from SCE's list at about 4 p.m.
SCE representative Mashi Nyssen told Patch that the largest blackouts in the early afternoon were in Carson, Commerce, Compton, Culver City and Redondo Beach. More than 13,000 customers in Los Angeles County were without power during the late afternoon; however, power had been restored to the majority of SCE customers by late evening.
Nyssen reminded customers to stay away from downed power lines and call 911 if they encounter anyway. Additionally, customers without power should use flashlights—not candles—for lighting until the blackout is over. Those traveling through affected areas should remember that traffic signals might not be working, so drivers should make sure they come to a complete stop at intersections before proceeding.
"Just be safe," she said.