An equipment failure knocked out power today to more than 11,000 Southern California Edison customers in Desert Hot Springs amid an extreme heat warning for the area.
The outage, which stemmed from an equipment problem at a substation, began around 10:45 a.m., and power was restored to most customers about two hours later, Edison spokeswoman Jennifer Cusack said.
“A lot of this is heat-related, with the increased demand,” Cusack said.
Temperatures reached 108 degrees in Desert Hot Springs today, and the state issued a “Flex Alert” asking residents to conserve energy use to avoid power outages.
About 500 customers in north Desert Hot Springs remained without electricity as of 4 p.m.
Cusack said Edison crews were looking for a possible downed cable line, and power would likely be restored to most of those customers once the problem was pinpointed and fixed.