A power transformer blew near Garfield Avenue and Pine Street Tuesday evening leaving hundreds of Alhambrans without electricity as temperatures are predicted to approach triple digits. The Alhambra Fire Department extinguished fires caused by the transformers "in minutes," according to a post from the Alhambra Police Department on Facebook. Southern California Edison reports three outage areas in Alhambra, citing "trees in equipment," "weather conditions," and "upgranding equipment."
A map of current power outages reported at 11:45am that there were 657 customers still without power in the Alhambra area. In Southern California overall there are more than 2,000 customers without power, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Power outages are a common occurance during heatwaves, according to Southern California Edison's website: "During heat waves and other times of unusually high power demand, overburdened electric cables, transformers, and other electrical equipment can melt and fail." In times of high heat, SCE recommends residents find a cooling center to prevent discomfort or a health hazard.
The map of current power outages also lists trees in SCE equipment and upgrading equipment as being reasons for a loss of power.
Southern California Edison's website states that power is likely to be fully restored by 2p.m. Wednesday, but that weather conditions may cause delays.