About 115,000 electric customers in the South Bay area lost service for up to seven hours Sunday when a substation in Torrance went off-line and wires fell on a nearby street.
Southern California Edison engineers estimated that 17,342 customers in
Lomita, 6,239 in Rancho Palos Verdes and 83,226 in Torrance were blacked out at
7:06 a.m. All but 11 accounts were restored by about 1:30 p.m., SCE officials
For most of the day, SCE trucks blocked 190th Street near Crenshaw
Boulevard, where downed lines were being repaired at the stricken substation.
The downed lines caused power to be lost at the substation, said SCE
spokeswoman Jennifer Manfre.
Police in Gardena said numerous traffic signals were out, and crews were
placing temporary stop signs at the affected intersections.
They reminded drivers that a dark signal means all vehicles must stop, and drivers should consider those intersections "all-way'' stops.
The SCE outage map showed the problem to exist from Torrance south to
the Palos Verdes Peninsula, generally west of the Harbor (110) Freeway.
Crews were dispatched across the South Bay to manually change settings
on poles, and some areas had power restored a few hours after the main outage