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High Winds Knock Down Power Lines

Desert windsFriday caused power outages and more wind — and wind-related problems Friday. On KESQ News Channel 3 Live at 5:00, Cesar Rodriguez reported from Palm Springs where power lines had gone down.

About 2,300 Southern California Edison customers in Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs were without power Friday afternoon, and crews will be working throughout the night to restore electricity, said Edison spokesman Steve Conroy.

As of 5:00 a.m. Saturday, the number of people without power remained at 1,300, with full service thought to be restored later Saturday morning.

“We are getting reports of lines and debris flopping together as a result of the winds,” he said. “Crews are reporting significant high wind conditions.”

Some customers are reporting flickering lights, he said.

He urged residents to be prepared for more outages overnight.

“They should have flashlights standing by in case their lights goout,” Conroy said. “If they have to use candles … they must use extra precautions.”

KESQ News Team

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