Powerful Christmas Winds Cause SoCal Power Outages

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One L.A. woman found her SUV under a tree due to very windy weather. Courtesy: KTLA

LOS ANGELES (KTLA)

Thousands of residents in Los Angeles County found themselves without power Christmas morning as high winds whipped through the region.

As reported by FOX40 sister station KTLA, as of 6:30 a.m., the areas affected were Palms, Mid-Wilshire, Chinatown, North Hollywood, North Hills, Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Crews worked to fix outages caused by high winds, and the number of those affected dropped to about 7,200 by 8:30 a.m., DWP stated on Twitter. The number again fell to 6,700 after 10 a.m., according to another DWP tweet.

Parts of West L.A., Chinatown, North Hollywood, North Hills and South Park continued to lack power, LADWP spokeswoman Carol Tucker said about 8:40 a.m. There was no estimate for when power would be fully restored.

Elsewhere in Los Angeles County, about 2,600 customers served by Southern California Edison were without power. The greatest number of Edison customers affected was in Hawthorne, where nearly 800 had no electricity.

Nearly 2,600 Edison customers in unincorporated Riverside County lacked power, as did a handful customers in Orange and Ventura counties.

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez and Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.