The extreme heat has caused power lines to overheat all over the city. The Buzz heard reports of fire on power lines near the intersection of La Brea and Beverly Blvd on Friday. In the afternoon, traffic signals were out, as was the power to the gas station on the southeast corner.
On Friday around 10:45 am, the The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) tweeted “Hancock Park customers, expect to restore your power by 3-4pm. Hang in there!” About an hour later DWP tweeted, “During extreme heat, pls give your appliances the afternoon off. Helps reduce strain on neighborhood power equip and prevent outages.”
According to neighbors, Friday’s outage affected residents in the blocks between La Brea and Highland, and First and Second Streets, who lost their power for most of the afternoon Friday and into the evening.
About 6,320 more customers experienced outages in the Sawtelle/Westwood area of West Los Angeles on Saturday, according to the LADWP website. Service was restored shortly after 12 AM Sunday. Crews worked overnight to make permanent repairs to equipment at the local substation, which lost power due to extreme heat conditions on Friday evening. While power was restored for most customers at 1:48 p.m. Saturday, the electrical equipment in the station was still overheating, and additional repairs were needed. Customers experienced intermittent outages Saturday afternoon and evening while these repairs were underway according to the LADWP website. LADWP was closed Monday for the Columbus Day Holiday.
The hot weather is expected to continue Tuesday with slight cooling on Wednesday as showers and clouds move in later in the week.