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Sep 28, 2010 12:54 PM

California's Heat Wave Left Tens of Thousands of People Without Electricity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's heat wave has left tens
of thousands of people without electricity.
Southern California Edison says more than 27,000 of its
customers were without power Tuesday morning, mainly in Orange and
Los Angeles counties. Most have been blacked out for eight to 16
hours as temps hit 113 degrees in some parts.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reports another 15,000
customers are without power in Los Angeles.
Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady says the heat has driven
folks to use their air conditioners around the clock. She says
transformers that usually cool down overnight are getting a workout
and are blowing or burning out.
DWP spokeswoman Gale Harris says blown transformers appear to
have caused most of the city outages and crews are working quickly
to replace them.

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