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Five hundred to 2,000 SoCal Edison customers in southern Orange County and Riverside County are currently without power and there is no estimate for when power will be restored, Coleman said.

“It’s up to the Independent System Operator to determine what the cause was,” he said.

In southern Orange County, the sheriff’s department dispatched deputies to busy intersections because traffic lights were out, said John McDonald, a sheriff’s spokesman. Outages were confirmed in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Hills, he said.

Elliot Spagat in San Diego; Gillian Flaccus in Orange County; and Walter Berry in Phoenix.