LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of residents have been affected by power outages in the mountains outside Los Angeles and in Northern California after rain and snowstorms walloped the state.
Nearly 9,000 Southern California Edison customers lacked electricity on Sunday in and around Lake Arrowhead about 62 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, KABC-TV reported.
Power might not be restored before Monday because of area road closures, crews said. Officials were providing firewood to residents to help them keep warm after the communities were hit by a powerful snowstorm last week.
Outages also affected thousands of people across Northern California, many of them in Santa Clara, after a severe weekend rainstorm downed power lines.
The heaviest rain, however, fell on the Santa Cruz Mountains and Big Sur coast. The National Weather Service in Monterey said rainfall totals there surpassed seven inches in 24 hours, the Mercury News reported.
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