At 4:25 a.m. this morning, Monday, August 9, the lights went out in Cypress.
The online power outage map maintained by Southern California Edison (SCE) showed nothing.
Looking out the window, we could not see any lights, so the outage was larger than our local circuit.
Our intrepid field reporter strapped on his iPhone and mounted up to see what could be found out.
Some traffic signals were powered, some not. The Cypress Civic Center appeared to have power.
He reported back that something had failed at the SCE Marion Substation at Ball Road and Valley View Street. Edison personnel were onsite and reported that all incoming power had been automatically shut off. Also on-site were personnel from the Cypress Police Department and the ladder truck from Station 17 of the Orange County Fire Authority.
He noticed a peculiar smell that he couldn’t identify.
After leaving the Substation, he drive south as far as Lampson, then turned West. Power was on South of Lampson, and along Los Alamitos Blvd. as far north as Katella, where he turned back East. After turning North on Denni, he noted that power was out East of Denni and north of Cerritos.
SCE has not offered an estimate on when power will be restored.
UPDATE: power restored to our location around 9:30 a.m. A large number of SCE customers remain without power.
UPDATE 2: SCE now estimates power to remaining 10544 customers will be restored by 6 p.m. The reason for the outage is given as “equipment problems.”
UPDATE 3: SCE announced all power restored at 1:19 p.m. The incident has cleared from its current power outage map.