The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is now reporting that 129,000 of its customers are currently without power, with 123,400 of them being reported in the metro area.
LADWP issued a statment saying that while there are currently over 100 crews responding to over 1,000 separate incidents, it could take between 10 -12 hours to fully restore power throughout the metro area and the San Fernando Valley.
As of 10 a.m. the following areas on the Westside have the most number of customers without power:
Del Rey: 7,700
Playa del Rey: 2,500
The LADWP has issued the following instructions in the event of a power outage:
- Stay calm.
- Have a flashlight and extra batteries nearby. Don’t use candles in a power outage.
- Turn off lights but leave one light turned on so you will know when your service is restored.
- Turn off and unplug appliances and other electrical equipment. Unplug heat-producing items like irons and space heaters. This helps prevent circuit overloading, which could delay restoration of service.
- Call us and report your outage at 1-800-DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397).
- If you encounter a downed power line:
- Report any downed power lines immediately by calling the LADWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397). If you or someone else is in danger, call 911.
- Do not touch a downed or dangling wire or anyone or anything in contact with it. Always assume a downed line is still energized.
- If a power line falls on your car, stay in the car and wait for help. If you must get out, make sure you do not touch the metal parts of the car and the ground at the same time. The safest exit method is to open the door, stand on the door sill and jump free without touching the car.
- Stay away from metal fences, such as chain link fence, as there may be a power line down and touching the fence somewhere beyond your sight.
- If there is damage to the connection from the power pole to your house, you should go to the electrical box and turn off the main switch or shut off the fuse switch. Again, always assume electric lines are live.
- In case of an electrical emergency, stay calm and think before you act. Don't become a victim while trying to help others. Call 911.
- If someone is shocked or not breathing, apply cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR.) Then cover the victim with a blanket, keep their head low and get medical attention.
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