Outage cuts power to John Wayne Airport and 20,000 SCE customers

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Outage cuts power to John Wayne Airport and 20,000 SCE customers

by Eric Licas

Maintenance crews scrambled to diagnose and repair the cause of an electrical outage that impacted thousands of residents in Irvine and travelers flying into John Wayne Airport on Friday, Aug. 2.

More than 24,000 Southern California Edison customers had lost power as of 7:30 p.m., the utility said on its website. The major outage stemmed from a malfunction at a substation on Jamboree Road, SCE spokeswoman Lois Pitter Bruce said.


“We had an incident at a substation, and crews are on their way,” she said. “There was a fire. We have de-energized the station, and will be working to reroute power.”

She said no injuries had been reported in connection to the outage as of 7:35 p.m. At least one person tweeted that traffic lights were out. A motorist reported seeing a transformer that appeared to be on fire at the corner of Jamboree and Michelson in Irvine.

The outage cut power to John Wayne Airport, where a full ground stop was in effect Friday evening, said Deanne Thompson, a spokeswoman for the travel hub. All outbound planes were prevented from taking off, and air traffic controllers planned to divert any inbound flights to alternate airports until power was restored. Anyone who planned to pick up a passenger on board a rerouted plane should call the airline that booked the flight for updates.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

All credit goes to Eric Licas
Originally published on https://www.dailynews.com

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