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Sunday Update: 1,600 Altadena Customers Still Without Power

SoCal Edison is now shooting to have power restored to 99.9 percent of its customers by Monday night at 8 p.m.

1,600 Without Power (6 p.m.): There are about 1,600 customers without power in Altadena as of Sunday evening, according to Mashi Nyssen of SoCal Edison.  That is down from 2,100 on Saturday evening and 5,600 on Friday evening.  That compares to about 41,000 countywide as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

95 Percent Sunday (4:10 p.m.): SoCal Edison is now saying it will have power restored to 95 percent of customers tonight.  Utility officials had announced Friday they hoped to have full or very-near-full restoration by Sunday night.  We're still waiting on current figures on how many in Altadena are lacking power.

New Wind Forecast (1:15 p.m.): Forecasters have issued a wind advisory for Los Angeles County for Sunday evening, but it appears that the San Gabriel Valley will not see the same kind of storm that it did Wednesday night, according to David Sweet, a meterologist with the National Weather Service's Oxnard office.

Sweet said the winds would be typical Santa Anas, coming in from the northeast.  As local , Wednesday's winds were coming from a northerly direction, making them unusually high for the Pasadena and Altadena area.

Still, Sweet said there could be winds as high as 35 mph in Pasadena/Altadena late Sunday night to early Monday morning.

Windy weather is expected to continue at least through Tuesday morning, he added.

Sunday morning updates:

  • As of 10 a.m. Sunday morning, SoCal Edison is reporting that there are about 50,000 people without power in their coverage areas, which include Altadena.
  • For those who still lack power, the utility has a distribution center open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with flashlights, batteries, ice, and water at the .
  • For those who are beginning the clean-up process .
  • The National Weather Service continues to forecast windy weather on Sunday for Los Angeles County and possible high winds on Monday and Tuesday.
  • KTLA has the story of an Altadena man with a downed tree and wire in his pool.
  • , , and the have all reported via Facebook that they have power and are open.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 04, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Bummer Laura... fingers crossed that you get power back by tonight.
Martina December 04, 2011 at 09:47 PM
No power. No heat. No hot water. So much for our upgrades to central air/heat and tankless water heater. We're south of Farnsworth park. However, it has been so cold in our house, 49 last night, that the container of ice I put in my freezer last night was still completly frozen this morning. So I may be able to salvage some of my perishables, aside from turning it into dog food. I am well aware of how fortunate we are. No damage to real or personal property and we both have jobs to buy what we need to make it through this ordeal. So my rant is with perspective.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 04, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Sorry to hear it Martina. SoCal Edison has said there goal is to get the power on by Sunday night, so please let us know if you get power restored tonight or not (if you are able). We want to make sure we know whether they meet that goal or not.
Matt Hettermann December 04, 2011 at 10:08 PM
No power on Wapello south of Farnsworth - talked to a guy in a SCE truck today and he was not optimistic we'd be up tonight ...
Martina December 04, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Right, my husband spoke with a man from Edison yesterday, on Wapello as well, and he said we would be the last to be restored because of the antiquated infrastructure. No hope for upgrading anytime soon according to him. We got the impression more like Monday...ugh! Well I know what's in the budget for next year, a (quiet) generator!
Matt Hettermann December 04, 2011 at 10:32 PM
SCE's automated phone system is now saying full service restoration for Altadena Monday 5PM - so apparently they've missed another deadline.
Lisa Maiorana December 04, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Mt. Curve is wired! ;)
Daniel E. Harlow December 05, 2011 at 12:01 AM
That is one thing our plumber warned us about when discussing upgrades to our hot water heater, and he highly suggested against a tankless because of this and to just go with the most efficient tank water heater. He was so right and so while I have been without power and heat at least I could wash dishes and take a hot shower in the morning.
Emily Tellez December 05, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Power on for me at NewYork Dr and Mar Vista at 6 am Sunday!
Pearl December 05, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Still no power vicinity of Sinaloa and New York. Edison crews in the area working. Lines down on Morada adjacent to the golf course and in the ally north of New York. Ditto the comments about antiquated infrastructure. That's what Edison told me.
Pearl December 05, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Had to laugh. Received a robo call from Edison on my cell phone asking me if my power was still out. Push 2. YES D$#*IT!!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 05, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Pearl, I've seen that Morada line - it looked really bad yesterday. Today I drove by and saw crews at work there. In general, there are a lot more crews at work today than yesterday - not even close.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 05, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Matt, looks like they are now saying they will only have 95 percent of customers restored tonight.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 05, 2011 at 12:18 AM
I've received an email that in Chaney Trail half of a neighborhood has power, the other half does not. I've also read on local Yahoo groups forums that over on Roosevelt, one side of the street has power and the other does not.
Daniel E. Harlow December 05, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Same on Mar Vista, some people have had power since yesterday while others are still out with no ETA on it being restored.
Pearl December 05, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Yay! Power just came back on in the vicinity of Sinaloa and Morada. But not for the whole area. Looks like just some homes south of the golf course.
joy December 05, 2011 at 05:43 AM
power still out along woodbury and new york aves between Lake and El Molino. we are shivering tonight! it is sunday night.
Lorraine Pozniak December 05, 2011 at 08:16 AM
And I noticed Woodbury is still closed between El Molino & Lake with downed trees (and lines?) I'll pray for all you guys who are still w/o power tonight. East Mendocino near the golf course is finally back.
blund December 05, 2011 at 08:38 AM
Power still out on the 1500 block of Homewood (southside) and Braeburn and part of Page. Call Edison and give them your address. It helps. Also talk with the crews when you see them in your area. These folks are eager to help and if they know what areas are still without power, they begin working the area. I hope this helps.
blund December 05, 2011 at 08:51 AM
Some neighborhoods are still without power as of midnight Sunday. I drove to Sierra Madre today where an Edison Rep was available to discuss outage problems (for some reason Altadena didn't have a rep assigned here--just volunteer meter readers handing out water). When I told her what the Edison Call Center reps were reporting, she was dismayed at the misinformation and also said Edison is working on mapping outages for smart phone viewing (which currently is not available). My main concern is the lack of good communication between Edison and the public. We need to be reassured that Edison has a solid disaster and communication plan, which in my opinion, it doesn't, based on this episode.
blund December 05, 2011 at 09:19 AM
As a call to action to prepare for another disaster (wind, fire, or earthquake) for Altadena residents, I'm proposing we ask Edison to clarify their disaster plan, infrastructure quality, and communication plan. This incident has exposed Edison's weaknesses in quickly responding to restore power due downed trees requiring county public works assistance, limited crews, and lack of communication between Edison and the public. We do have a right to ask Edison to clarify diasters plans (how they prioritize service restoration, what infrastructure problems they face in restoring power, how they will communicate status and what improvements they need to make to ensure citizen safety). This experience has made me very nervous about Edison's ability to coordinate services to quickly respond to diasters. The folks on the ground (the front-liners), in my opinion, are experts; they know their job and can do it...but the upper managers, those who are coordinating, managing, and making the overarching decisions, seem confused and working without a plan. If you feel as I do, please post your replies and interest in asking Edison for a public hearing for Altadena residents.
Angela Odom December 05, 2011 at 09:48 AM
I came in tonight behind a parade of big Edison trucks so hopefully the cavalry has arrived. From what I've been hearing, DWP had a pretty successful game plan. SCE on the other hand is still catching up with the tour and Arcadia and Temple City are still in bad shape. I'm hoping and praying they can get everyone up by their 5:00 p.m. time frame on Monday.
Revvell December 05, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Yeah, we were out walking and saw many huge trucks going through various neighborhoods. Chatted with various people on our route and, as some here said, one side of the street had power; the other side, not. Hoping more got power/heat now. It's flippin' cold out there!
Alison Johnson December 05, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Powered up here on Calaveras Street west of the golf course yesterday afternoon around 3:30. The reason one side of a street will have power and the other not is that each block (meaning the properties, not the streets themselves) is in a different section of service. The streets are the dividing lines between service blocks. I have to echo Martina's post above; we are all healthy and unhurt, and like Dan H. we have a regular water heater, so this experience was like four days of glam camping-- hot showers, a roof, a warm bed, and a gas stove to cook on, with a fire every evening and card- and board-games. It's 1920 all over again! I have now learned the disadvantages of e-bills, however....
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 05, 2011 at 03:21 PM
From our Sierra Madre Patch editor: 2,811 people in Sierra Madre are without power. That compares to 1,600 in Altadena, which has a much bigger population. Altadena is not alone in waiting on long power restoration times.
terry Morris December 05, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Every time we have driven by an Edison truck in the last few days, our family cheers out the window at them. (We finally got our power last night) These workers have been at it around the clock, working in a war zone. It would have been great to have our power out for only an hour, but sometimes life doesn't work that way. Long ago, we realized we lived in earthquake country, a fire zone and had annual wind storms) So we put together a 2 month emergency kit (yes, really). We bought a generator. When the power came on last night, the kids made us turn it off, "because it is more fun without it". They loved the candlelit evenings playing board games. And as we had hot water, refrigeration, a functioning stovetop, warm beds and each other, it was a lot of fun. (echoing Alison) Life, lemonade and all that.
Martina December 05, 2011 at 06:15 PM
We FINALLY got power sometime this morning. I never thought I'd be so happy to vacuum and wash laundry. First Dan, I have to thank you for all your work and posts, they really helped us stay informed, and feel less alone in the aftermath. It also helped us make informed decisions about how long to stick it out at the house. And thanks to the community for your comments and feedback as well. After succumbing to a cold/flu Friday night, we took advantage of the Pasadena Hilton's "evacuation package". I would have much rather been at home...
Ellen Stein December 05, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Yes! My friend (who's power is still out) and I (power came on Sat. morning) were emailing about getting petitions going, and sending to Antonovich et al. It will do no good to send your requests directly to Edison. It may do a bit of good to send elsewhere and ask them to sit on Edison's head. Count me in!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) December 06, 2011 at 02:33 AM
The latest update from Edison is that there are more than 4,000 outages in Altadena.... they are not sure whether previous low estimates were wrong or whether there are more outages. Is there anyone out there who had power as of Sunday but does not have it now?
yeahian December 06, 2011 at 08:25 AM
get a honda 2000 watt one very quiet and well built. avoid anything from home depot.

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