Thursday Storm Updates: Power Outages Could Last 24 to 48 Hours

An updated log of the latest storm news for Altadena

Power Could be 24-48 Hours Away: The Sheriff's Department message also says that SoCal Edison has told them power could be 24 to 48 hours from being restored.

All Street Lights, Traffic Lights Not Functional: The Sheriff's Department confirmed in a advisory update that no traffic or street lights in Altadena are working.

Altadena Boulevard Closure: As of 5 p.m. Thursday Altadena Boulevard was closed east of Holliston for several blocks because of a partially-fallen tree hanging over the street.

North Winds to Blame: An interesting interview segment featuring a UCLA meterologist on KPCC laid out why Pasadena-area cities got hit so bad last night: the wind came from a northerly direction right over the San Gabriel Mountains.  This is an unusual phenomenon for Santa Anas: they usally come from the Northeast.  Tonight's winds are expected to behave like more traditional Santa Anas and come from that direction.

High Winds Advisory Canceled: The National Weather Service has downgraded its warning for a high wind advisory to a normal wind advisory.  According to the alert, that means 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts of up to 40 mph, instead of 40 mph sustained winds with gusts of up to 58 mph.

County Emergency Declaration: The county has declared an emergency, allowing it to apply for state and federal funds to deal with clean-up issues, according to County Supervisor Michael Antonovich's office.

County Crews Breaking at Dark: County crews will not be working on tree clearing after dark, according to Bob Spencer of the Public Works Department, because of safety issues.  That means increased debris is likely during the evening hours, so staying off the streets as much as possible will be a smart idea.

Downed Trees (update): Make that 346 downed tree calls - Bob Spencer of the Public Works Department got in touch with us about the updated numbers.

Downed Trees: The county has received 180 reports of downed street trees in county areas, most of them in San Gabriel Valley foothill areas, according to the Public Works Department.  They also have 27 traffic lights listed as inoperable, and 31 calls about traffic lights.  Pasadena, to compare, has reported 450 street trees down, so there may well be more down than reported in county areas.  Also, as most of the traffic lights in Altadena appear to be out, it would seem likely there are more than the listed number actually out countywide as well.

Power Outage Restoration Estimates: SoCal Edison has updated its estimates on when power will be restored on its outage center website.  The times vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, with some estimated to have power some time tonight, some tomorrow morning.  However, please take this with a grain of salt...as you see in below update, SoCal Edison representatives are also pointing out more power outages are expected to happen tonight, and they have declined to estimate broader trends about when power will be restored.

Useful Phone Numbers and Alerts: If you see downed power lines or trees, damaged roadways, or other hazards in Altadena or other unincorporated county areas, here is the number to call:1-800-675-HELP (4375).  Also the county is suggesting people sign up for their emergency alert system for emergency updates (whether or not that will result in you getting updates on the current wind storm, I don't know). 

Sheriff's Department Update: Lt. Duane Allen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said residents should prepare to not have power for at least another 24 hours.  He said there will be extra units to watch key intersections tonight, but that anybody who does not need to be on the road should stay at home.

PUSD Closed: PUSD schools will be closed again Friday for students, though employees are expected to report to work.

SoCal Edison on Power Restoration Times: SoCal Edison spokesman Gil Alexander declined to give a time line on when power might be back on for Altadena residents.  He pointed out that high winds are forecast for the next 24 hours, and that some residents who do have power could still lose it.  He said crews would be working around the clock to restore power, but that people should be preparing to go without power and to aid any people who need power for medical devices or other emergency uses.

No Major Injuries: Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Johnson says so far there are no reports of major injuries or major fires as a result of the winds.

13,000 Households Without Power in Altadena: The new tally for power outages is about 300,000 according to the City News Service.  SoCal Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady told KPCC this morning that crews will prioritize restoring power in the areas with the most people with the longest lasting outages.  However, she also pointed out that more high winds are forecast throughout the day and into the night, so things could well get worse before they get better.

Based on a count from information listed on the SoCal Edison website, it appears that around 13,000 Altadena customers are without power.  None of the listed outages have an estimate of when power will be back on.

Altadena appears to be mostly without power, and traffic lights are out in much of the town.  Most of the businesses on Lake Avenue appear to be closed (Carrie Meyer, owner of , told Patch she will not open today).

There are downed wires at multiple locations in Altadena, and the Fire Department is urging residents to not approach them--call 911 if you spot one.

Original Story (City News Service): The City of Pasadena provided a measure of how disruptive the winds out to be when it declared a local  emergency this morning and urged working adults and schoolchildren to stay home to avoid roads strewn with limbs and power lines. The Pasadena Unified School District said its would remain shuttered.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's biggest utility, reported 88,700 of its 1.4 million customers were without as the sun rose. The hardest-hit communities were Playa Del Rey, Venice, El Sereno, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Hills, Los Feliz, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, and Encino.

Southern California Edison, which serves Southland customers outside Los reported that 211,300 of its customers were without power as a of outages that began Wednesday night. SCE spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady the hardest hit areas were generally near the Foothill (210) Freeway and Pasadena, Monrovia, Arcadia, Altadena, Sierra Madre, San Gabriel and Alhambra.

Crews from both the DWP and SCE worked through the night to bring power back. The outages were believed to be affecting both residential and commercial customers.

At Los Angeles International Airport, an hourlong power outage starting around 7 p.m. Wednesday affected all passenger terminals and caused 20 inbound domestic flights and three international flights to be diverted to other area
airports. Power was restored by 8 p.m. but delays lingered this morning, said LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles.

Theresa Costanzo December 01, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Please notify us when power in Altadena is restored.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 01, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Theresa, I'll be monitoring it and making updates.
Jenny December 01, 2011 at 06:52 PM
I live near Allen and Mendocino; power out since 9 last night, and still out. Driving home from work last night it seemed everything north of Washington and Allen was out. Very sad to see all the tree damage...hope no one is/was hurt.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 01, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Thanks for commenting Jenny... it does look like almost nobody in Altadena has power from driving around there. Certainly, I did not see traffic lights that were working anywhere.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 01, 2011 at 07:08 PM
My own street has one street tree down, and a cracked tree on my neighbor's roof. Our backyard shed (pictured in the story) got ripped apart by the wind and the backyard is littered with avocados and oranges. My power is still out, though it did stay on through around 1 a.m. so I am luckier than many others in the area (though I know others in the area who still have power now). How are things going for everyone else?
ed meyers December 01, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Allen south of New York towards Washington was nasty. 3 or 4 pines down. Two crushed cars. Altadena Dr. was blocked near Holliston from that tree that fell across the street. Edison's power pole was moving back/forth last night, about 20 ft from the back of the house. Slept in the front of the house last night.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 01, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Yeah, that area is terrible Ed! There is the downed tree right by the Vons and another huge one right by there on Elizabeth.
SteveB December 01, 2011 at 11:56 PM
Dan, did you get your power restoration estimates from the interactive map? I too, see a lot of estimates ranging from this evening to Friday morning, but oddly there are no reports/updates for the North Lake region, above Altadena Dr.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 01, 2011 at 11:57 PM
From Pasadena press office: 450 trees down, 42 buildings marked as unsafe for occupants. Also an apartment building and a gas station were smashed by trees. However, only 6 percent of Pasadena is without power.... Altadena is considerably worse on that front, it appears, since about 13,000 households are listed without power. Also, there is a temporary shelter at Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave for local residents, and I assume they are not turning away Altadena residents in need.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 01, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Steve, yes I did. I did see one or two areas with no estimates. I am skeptical of the estimates though anyway. Even if they are right, who knows what is going to happen tonight. Nobody should count on having power restored at those estimate times.
SteveB December 02, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Ok, just noticed this about the "Estimated Restoration Times". They are all exactly 1 or 2 days after the "Start Time". So their estimates have a 24 hour window.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 02, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Interesting Steve... sounds to me like more reason to be skeptical. I'm sure it is just automated. However, as noted in the article above, we just got word that they downgraded their forecast on wind speeds tonight, so that bodes well for power being restored sooner rather than later.
lisa December 02, 2011 at 12:32 AM
I live on Beverly and Allen...that was one scary night!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 02, 2011 at 01:13 AM
lisa, I'm just west of you... this area got hit pretty bad. I couldn't sleep in my upstairs bedroom as there was too much wind noise and stuff hitting the house. Had to crash on a make-shift downstairs pad.
Martina December 02, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Thanks Dan for the information. With limited local new sources and no tv, it's difficult to be in the dark (pun intended) with power outages not knowing when it will come back. We live on Wapello and my husband couldn't pass thru yesterday morning from a downed wire as well as many trees blocking the road. At 5 am yesterday I was trying to collect stuff in the yard while rain and dirt were pelting my face, making for a very weird morning. And driving thru Altadena and Pasadena yesterday was heartbreaking to see so much destruction.
Angela Odom December 02, 2011 at 01:50 PM
This has certainly been am interesting 24 hours without power. I'm a camper and have a lot of goodies to see me through power outages. I hated to see a tree fell on Christmas Tree Lane and oh my, the many beautiful trees around here that fell is heartbreaking. Thankfully, I have two large battery boosters and DC converters to power lights around the house because I'm now seeing ComEd cannot give an estimate as to when the power will return. Sucks! I'm hoping it will be today but, if not, it will be more tap lights and recharging the boosters today.
Geoff A. December 02, 2011 at 03:01 PM
We got our power restored last night around 6:00 (west side of Thurin and Loma Alta, the other side of the street stayed dark). Still waiting for our phone service (lost that yesterday morning around 8). Good luck to all those that are still without power.
Rebecca December 02, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Live on West Mendocino St. and there is still no power. Also saw very little of County work crews to help us on this side of Fair Oaks, though we have some fairly big trees down over here, but saw lots on the East side. I am grateful for living in a true neighborhood, everyone pitching in to help everyone else and make sure we are all safe. I work in the South Bay area and this sense of community is why I can't make myself move closer to work. That spirit doesn't exist in every town but it does in Altadena.
Lu December 02, 2011 at 06:02 PM
No power at Lake and New York. The debris seems to be mostly cleared to the sides, so I was able to get out of the area for work. Still waiting for power to come back on. Does anyone know what the forecast is for wind today? I expected more wind last night, but it was calm as could be. I'm wondering if the wind has passed or if we can expect a little more fun before it's over. Wednesday night was incredible! I had to tape my shutter-type windows closed. You could feel the whole house rattle and I was sure with each gust I was going to lose my windows! We lost a lot of roof tiles and our neighbors lost their fences and we have some trees that are now dangerously angled over our driveway, but otherwise we are okay (thank God). With so much destruction to our neighbors' homes, I'm feeling very grateful for that!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 02, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Lu - There is a continued wind advisory today, 25-35 mph winds forecast, but we had the same forecast last night and I sure didn't hear any wind at all. It's supposed to continue to be windy tomorrow, but nothing like what happened Wednesday.
Lu December 02, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Thanks for your reply, Dan! Last night was so quiet and calm. I hope today is the same! It'd be nice to have power back soon!
Revvell December 04, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Power is on ~ Lake and NY!!!


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