STUDIO CITY—On Monday, November 16, reports arose of power outages in several areas of Los Angeles due to heavy winds.

The report was issued by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The LADWP indicated that over 17,800 customers were affected by the power outage. By 4:30 p.m. on the same day, only 5,700 of the 1.4 million customers that LADWP serve were without power. The areas that were impacted included Koreatown with 2,789 outages, Mid-Wilshire with 1,700 outages, Hollywood Hills with 323 outages, Studio City with 265 outages, and Larchmont with 225 outages. By 10 p.m., the LADWP was able to dwindle down the number of those without power to 1, 400.

The power outage was reportedly caused by falling debris and tree branches that were brought down by high winds.

It usually takes about 10 hours to fully restore everything from the time that an outage first occurs, but most of the time the crew working to fix the problem restores everything at a quicker rate.

The LADWP issues a warning for all of those who are ever in the vicinity of a downed power line. They urge residents to use caution around downed or dangling power lines or poles and to never touch them. It is important to remain on the edge of caution and assume that the line or pole is still active.

Any downed power lines or poles should be immediately reported to the LADWP by calling 1-800-DIAL-DWP(1-800-342-5397). In case of an emergency dial 911.