Thousands of LADWP customers without power in L.A.

Thousands of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers experienced an extended power outage on Saturday.

The utility estimated that around 24,700 services were destroyed, with the blame being on damage caused by Post-Tropical Cyclone Kay.

A LADWP spokesperson said the hardest hit areas were Harbor Gateway, Wilmington and Vermont Knolls, although other areas experienced similar outages.

Broken tree branches and flooded underground power vaults are regular causes of rain-related outages, LADWP said.

Crews would work around the clock to restore service, but the outage could persist for 12 to 24 hours. The utility had already hired additional workers before Kay reached the Los Angeles area due to the possibility of outages.

As of 2:30 p.m., the utility said some 16,000 customers had regained their power, but thousands still remained without service.

Residents are asked to avoid downed power lines and contact 911 for assistance.

To report an outage, call 1-800-342-5397. You can also see the status of an outage near you by visiting ladwp.com/outages.

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