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Thousands Lose Power Due To ‘Extreme Heat' and Demand

At least 12,000 Los Angeles Department of Water & Power customers were without power Tuesday night amid high temperatures throughout the city.

“Extreme heat and electricity demand has caused outages in parts of Los Angeles, currently affecting some LADWP customers,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter Tuesday night. “Crews are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible.”

LADWP said it could take between four and 12 hours for power to be restored.

As of 10 p.m., 12,000 customers were without power, mostly in the areas of Mid-Wilshire, Westlake, Echo Park, Studio City, Panorama City and West Hills, according to DWP’s Joe Ramalo. At 5 p.m., the number of customers offline was 9,000.

The outage in Studio City includes customers impacted by a tree that fell and took out power lines, Ramalo said.

The outages were not related to a dip in power supply, but were caused by the utility’s distribution system being strained by the high temperatures, Ramalo said.

Repair crews took advantage of cooler temperatures Tuesday night to make progress in restoring power to affected customers and teams would work around the clock to get customers back online, Ramalo said.

LADWP provided assistance to the state grid in the form of surplus energy to keep blackouts from occurring throughout the state. The utility provided 500 megawatts of power on Monday and between 400 and 700 megawatts to the state power grid on Tuesday, Ramalo said, adding LADWP provided 20 megawatts to the Imperial Irrigation District in the Coachella Valley to help prevent blackouts in that part of the state.

The DWP provides power to 1.5 million customers across Los Angeles.

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

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