Update: Power Outages at Sunset Junction, Solano Canyon, Franklin Hills

A high wind advisory remains in effect through Friday noon, which could mean more outages overnight.

Update/3 p.m.: The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is now reporting that 130,000 customers remain without power--about 10 percent. Power has been restored to about 80,000, though complete return could take up to 48 hours.

Meantime, the National Weather Service has downgraded its high wind warning to a high wind advisory through midday Friday.

Earlier: High winds took a high toll Thursday morning in the Silver Lake and Echo Park areas.

Folks in Solano Canyon, Sunset Junction and the Franklin Hills were all without power Thursday morning.

Outages in the hills above Echo Park had also been previously reported, though power came back on around 6 a.m. Thursday according to one resident.

Businesses along Sunset Boulevard were closed, while businesses along Echo Park Avenue were open but buffeted.

Along Echo Park Avenue, which one reader described as a "war zone," had its new patio awning blow off and lean against the side of the building.

Up the street from Delilah, at Mi Alma Garden, burlap drapings had dropped from where they were usually suspended.  But most of the items in the garden area were intact.

awning, however, seemed in fine shape Thursday morning, perhaps because it was nestled in a canyon.

On Sunset, remained open, though a large sign above it had toppled.

Over in Solano Canyon near Dodger Stadium, the stoplight remained out at Park and Academy at about 11 a.m. Thursday.

Residents there remained without power, too, and, at one point, the 101 onramp was blocked by a tree.

Up Sunset Boulevard--at Sunset Junction--businesses looked shuttered up as cars picked their way through the intersection of Sanborn and Sunset, where a power outage had taken out the stop light.

Readers also reported power out this morning in the Franklin Hills near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Fountain.

According to one reader, an underground transformer exploded right in front of his house in Los Feliz last night around 7 p.m. He said his front door was damaged, and that the cast iron manhole cover on top of the transformer split in half.

According to the DWP, East Hollywood (7,600 residents), Los Feliz (1,500), Glassell Park (9,700), Chinatown (1,700) and Griffith Park (5,200) were among the neighborhoods most affected by power outages due to high winds Thursday.

The Department has about a hundred crews working on over 1,000 incidents. People there say it is hard to predict when power will be back on.

About 129,000 of the DWP's 1.4 million electric customers are without power.

Winds are expected to remain high through midday Friday--topping out at 40 mph overnight.

In the event of a power outage, the DWP has this advice:

  • 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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