About 3,500 customers in scattered parts of Los Angeles still had no electricity early Monday, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman MaryAnne Piersen said.
“Probably more than 90 percent of them are due to stress on the system due to the heat,” she said. “Different pieces of equipment get fatigued and blow out, so they have to be replaced.”
Reports on Southern California television suggest that a stage 3 alert could be called, which would trigger rolling blackouts. A lightning strike last night added to the worries and is affecting productivity. Yet the Independent System Operator is not showing such alerts – yet.
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