Almost 700 Pasadena Residents Lose Power This Morning

Published : Monday, October 15, 2018 | 9:20 AM

The City of Pasadena Water and Power has reported six power outages affecting almost 700 residents this morning.

All of the power outages are weather-related, according to Margie Otto, public relations spokesperson.

“I know our crews are all on scene and they are working hard to restore power to our customers,” Otto said of the outages caused by trees or branches falling onto or making contact with overhead wires.

The outages have also hit the Pasadena Unified School District, which closed six schools today: Altadena Elementary School, Eliot Arts Middle School, Franklin Elementary School, Sierra Madre Elementary School, Sierra Madre Middle School, and Focus Point.

The majority of Pasadena Unified schools are open.

Parts of Northeast Pasadena served by controlled by Southern California Edison Power company have already seen an early morning power outage in Kinneloa and Hasting Ranch not related to SCE’s preemptive power shutoff program, according to Lois Bruce, SCE spokesperson.

Pasadena Fire Department Chief Bertral Washington said personnel have increased patrols in the area and the National Weather Service (NWS) has also issued a Red Flag warning for both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

More outages depend on the weather, according to Otto, who said further loss is possible based on the changing weather conditions from cold and damp to warm and dry.

“The benefit of having your local-owned utility is that the area that we have to monitor and manage, the city boundaries is in coordination with the utility and the fire department,” Otto said.

The NWS has issued high wind warnings –from 30 to 45 mph with gusts to 65 mph—to both residents and drivers. Due to the high winds, SCE may preemptively shut down power, according to Netter.

Meanwhile, The City of Pasadena will continue to monitor all areas affected by the high winds.

“Crews are working around the clock,” Otto said

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