Despite Hilary's record rainfall, flooding and high winds, power outages are limited throughout SCE’s service area.
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Originally published on August 21, 2023
By Casey Wian
B-Roll: SCE crews working to restore power during Hurricane Hilary.
B-Roll: SCE's Emergency Operations Center responds to Hurricane Hilary.
Video: SCE President and CEO Steve Powell on CNN discussing storm response.
VIDEO CREDIT: JOSEPH FOULK
As Hurricane Hilary drenched Southern California Edison’s service area first as a tropical storm and then as a post-tropical cyclone, SCE field crews and emergency operations personnel responded comprehensively to keep power flowing to customers. There were scattered outages throughout SCE’s service area during the storm, peaking at about 44,000 out of SCE’s 5 million customers Sunday night.
“Our crews are busy out there working to safely restore power,” SCE President and CEO Steve Powell told CNN in a live interview early Monday morning. “The major center of the storm has gone through, and we were prepared."
Since SCE activated its Incident Management Team on Friday, crews successfully restored power to nearly 400,000 customers. Some of the outages were not storm-related. As of Monday morning, fewer than 10,000 customers systemwide were without power.
Hilary resulted in daily rainfall records in several Southland cities, causing mudslides, flooding and road closures.
“We have in-house meteorologists who have tracked the storm for the last five days. They help make sure we know where the biggest impacts are going to be,” Powell said. “We can pre-position crews to be very responsive and ensure equipment is ready.”
In some areas, SCE doubled the number of crews available to respond to storm-related power outages. The company has been in continual contact with other utilities, county emergency departments, first responders and local officials throughout the Southland.
On Catalina Island, initial weather forecasts indicated potential sea swells of 12 to 18 feet. SCE warned all residents on the island, including critical care and Medical Baseline customers, of a possible power shutoff, and some evacuated the island as a precaution. As of Monday morning, no power shutoff was necessary.
If the storm wasn’t enough, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake centered out of Ojai occurred Sunday afternoon. There have been no reports of damage to any SCE systems or infrastructure nor reports of injuries.
California's Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s electric grid, reported having sufficient resources to supply the grid with power throughout the storm.
“We invest in our grid so that it will be reliable, resilient and ready for whatever’s coming,” Powell said. “We are trying to protect our customers and ensure they stay safe.”
SCE expressed gratitude to its customers for their efforts to prepare for Hilary’s arrival and for the patience of those who lost power during the storm.
For more information on potential outages in your area, visit SCE’s outage center.
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