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More power outages plague Temecula residents


Friday, March 8th, 2013
Issue 10, Volume 17.


TEMECULA - An outage in Temecula early today drained 411 residents and businesses of power, according to Southern California Edison.

The outage was reported at 1:19 a.m. and occurred at a location in the Riverside County city that was not immediately known.

Unlike other SoCal Edison outages where power is temporarily disrupted to replace old equipment today's outage was not planned. A problem with equipment was listed as the cause on the utility's web site.

Power is expected to be restored by 6 p.m., according to SoCal Edison.


Power restored to 7963 Temecula/Murrieta businesses and residents that lost power Friday afternoon


TEMECULA/MURRIETA - As of 10 pm, all power was back on for the 7963 addresses that lost power earlier today, Friday, March 8, 2013.


Power outage affects 7963 addresses; Neighborhoods near Harveston should have power by 1 am tonight

TEMECULA - At 4:12 pm this afternoon, in a large area including the unincorporated area in west Temecula and Murrieta over 5500 residences and businesses lost power due to a power surge. Businesses were forced to close their doors in the Winchester/Jefferson area.

In a separate power outage in Temecula and Murrieta including the Advertisement
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Harveston neighborhood, an additional 2252 customers lost power.

Southern California Edison says the cause is currently still undetermined and the customers near the Harveston area should have their power back by 1 am tonight.

More info to follow.


Power outage affecting 7963 addresses causes Temecula businesses to close in area of Winchester and Jefferson

TEMECULA - A large number of businesses in the area of Winchester Road and Jefferson lost power today (Friday, March 8) shortly after 4 p.m. Southern California Edison is reporting over 5,000 businesses and residents are without power at this time.

People in the area reported to the Valley News that several fire engines were seen traveling through the area, but no information has been made available as to the cause of the outage.

A Southern California Edison representative said they had begun receiving a heavy volume of calls reporting a power outage in the area but did not have specific information on the situation yet. It was unknown how long it would take to restore power.

Due to the nature of some businesses, some stores have temporary closed until power is restored.

Watch this website for updates on this situation as they become available from authorities.


 

15 comments

Comment Profile ImageBehind CHS Temecula
Comment #1 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm
Power went out at approx. 4:15pm. After a loud POP power was out for 2-3 seconds. Power came back on breifly (about 1 sec) and another very loud POP. I went to the breaker to investigate and had 6 blown breakers. When I came back inside I found the house alarm pad on fire, mircowave blown up, and verizon FIOS cable box all smoking. Power is back to normal for now. Is SCE responsible for damages?

Power was out down the whole street. Some of my neighbors reported 4-8 blown breakers.
Comment Profile ImageBehind CHS as Well
Comment #2 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm
Wow we must be on the same street Behind CHS Temecula. I got home from work and my boyfriend said the noise he heard was so loud, and it was so strong it sounded and felt like something hit the house. Also had a blown verizon fios box. Glad our .... house didnt catch fire from the blown up box.
Comment Profile ImageLisa
Comment #3 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Yes, Edison is liable for damages but they will first refer you to your homeowners or renters insurance before they lowball you. Be sure you have done your homework: listing of damages, dates when you got items, original cost, replacement cost and, if possible, concise description of the damages.
Comment Profile ImageBehind CHS Temecula
Comment #4 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm
I posted Comment #1

#2...I am on Creative Dr in Winchester Creek Houses

At 6:00 Riverside County Fire Department is doing door to door searches for faulty wiring. They came thru my house and made an incident report. The fire department said if your home was not searched you can call the riverside fire department tomorrow and let them know you were part of the power surge. They will send someone out.

I also spoke with SCE. They will reimburse you for any of your electronics that are dead. But I would call first because there was a bunch of info from them.
Comment Profile ImageSame area
Comment #5 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm
Similar situation. Huge bang, blue sparks shot from computer, power out in sections of the house. Fire trucks and cops blocking streets. I went to Starbucks to get online and see what was up. SEC is reporting 445 houses affected, as of 5:18 update "Crews are on the way"
Comment Profile ImageSurgeProtector
Comment #6 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm
Hi!
Comment Profile Imagebe hind the creek bed
Comment #7 | Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm
on creative dr as well heard the pop
Comment Profile ImageSame area
Comment #8 | Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 12:15 am
Power has not been restored to all areas as I sit here in the dark @ 11:12 PM and yes there was a surge protector on my computer, still fried.
Comment Profile ImageBert
Comment #9 | Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 7:54 am
A surge protector would not have helped, they are of very limited value. This spike in power was massive and would have smoked any surge protector along with what ever was plugged in. Surge protectors are hyped by sales people because they are a high profit item, not because they are necessary. If they were really necessary and worked, then they would be recommended for all electrical devices, refrigerator, kitchen stove, television, microwave, radios, cable boxes etc. I was an electrical contractor for over 25 years and power surges are very rare. The only big power surge I can recall was when lightning hit a power line in Pala and wiped out appliances in many homes.
Comment Profile ImageJust curious
Comment #10 | Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 8:38 am
Is there anybody in the outage area with surge protected equipment that either failed or worked? I am real curious to know which models worked and kept on working, worked to protect the equipment but destroyed the protector, and which ones didn't protect the equipment at all. Anybody with a UPS? Same questions.
Comment Profile ImageCurious
Comment #11 | Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 11:48 am
Holy cow!! Faulty wiring??
Comment Profile ImageWTF
Comment #12 | Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm
I'm wondering, since Edison is involved, if this had anything to so with the shutting down of San Onofre?
Comment Profile ImageStill not resolved.
Comment #13 | Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm
Still without power in several rooms 3/10 4:59 PM.
Comment Profile Imagetemecularesident
Comment #14 | Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm
I just called SCE to make a claim- but they said they are not responsible for any damages due to the nature of the incident.

Most of our neighbors in the Winchester Collections area (adjacent to Winchester Creek) lost major appliances like refrigerators and washing machines.

Most articles online make it seem like it only affected the Harveston Community.

I don't think any residents are going to be happy about this. Edison must be getting a lot of calls because they were not nice to us on the phone.
Comment Profile ImageEddie
Comment #15 | Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 12:16 am
SCE isn't going to take any responsibility here. I have completed several electrical repairs in the area over the last week and have seen many homeowners who lost some very expensive items. Tons of arc fault breaker replacements, ballasts for lights, appliances, computers, you name it. Truth is sometimes it happens. It's rare but it happens. Some of the neighbors had whole house surge protectors which seemed to work well for them because they reported no losses except for the surge device itself. I recommend checking into whole house surge protection plus surge protectors at each critical electronic device in your home.

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