Heat Wave Triggers Power Outages for Thousands Around Los Angeles

Skyrocketing electricity demand due to Friday’s triple-digit temperatures triggered power outages around Los Angeles that are still affecting about 34,500 residences and businesses, officials said.

Crews working through the night had already restored power to 14,500 customers who had been affected by the heat wave, said Joseph Ramallo, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. The average length of outages was six hours.

With 5,800 still without power, Westlake topped the metro area’s lights-out list; Koreatown and Beverly Grove followed with 4,400 and 2,000, respectively. In the Valley area, 3,100 in Encino and 1,600 customers in Tarzana were also affected by the heat-related blackouts.

“Customers should plan for 12 to 24 hours without power and possibly even longer due to the high number of small localized outages,” officials said in a Web update.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Amina Khan