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Power Outage Hits Beach Cities

Southern California Edison crews were expected to finish restoring power to customers by 3 a.m. Thursday.

A power outage affecting at least 700 Southern California Edison customers hit Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, but crews expected all power to be restored by early Thursday morning, an SCE spokesman told Patch on Wednesday night.

About 85 customers on Catalina Avenue in South Redondo Beach remained without power Wednesday evening after three transformers went out, SCE media relations manager Dan Chung said.

"(Crews) should have everybody back up sometime in the middle of the night," Chung said.

SCE "trouble men" restored power to more than 600 customers in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach shortly before 3:45 p.m., according to spokesman David J. Song. Trouble men are SCE's initial responders to blackouts; the workers try to isolate the outage and diagnose the cause.

The boundaries of the outage at one point were Spreckles Lane to the north, Rindge Lane to the east, Avenue A in Redondo Beach to the south and Hopkins Avenue in Hermosa Beach to the west, Song said.

The initial area affected also included several blocks of Catalina Avenue, the and the International Boardwalk, according to Patch associate local editor John Schreiber, who was in the area.

Sgt. Shawn Freeman of the said the power went out briefly at the police station and city hall, but the city's backup generators kicked in after a few seconds.

Because of the power outage, officers directed traffic at the intersection of Catalina Avenue and Torrance Boulevard and the intersection of Catalina Avenue and Garnet Street, Freeman said.

"We were able to get parking enforcement people out there with stop signs," Freeman said.

John Schreiber contributed to this report.

Stu July 11, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I see AES's dark hand behind this...
Jim Light July 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
From testimony by pro-AES speakers at last night's Council meeting, I would think a power outage would be impossible with a power plant right in our back yard ; ) Obviously, this demonstrates that having a power plant in Redondo does not guarantee there will be no power outages. Actually, the plant does not directly feed Redondo Beach. The lines up 190th take the power inland where it is then distributed to the grid during the limited time AES Redondo operates. With brand new power plants coming on line next summer in El Segundo and the City of Industry, we have ample sources of very local power without AES Redondo.
Wolfman July 12, 2012 at 01:10 AM
was Tuesday's power outage just a coincidence or ?

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