UPDATE: Power Restored to 3,500 in Western Malibu

The outage was caused by trees that were downed due to high winds in the area, Southern California Edison reports.

More than 3,500 Southern California Edison customers lost power Saturday in an outage that lasted well into Sunday morning.

The outage began at 7:51 p.m. Saturday along Pacific Coast Highway between Bonsall Drive and Latigo Canyon Road when some trees, likely knocked over due to high winds, came in contact with power lines and caused shortages, according to Caroline Aoyagi of Edison.

Southern California Edison was investigating the cause of the outage. Crews worked to restore power late into the night. Edison estimated power would be restored by 9:30 p.m., but that was later pushed to 12:15 a.m. and then to 7 a.m. Sunday.

By 7:10 a.m. Sunday, only 255 remained without power, but electricity was restored to most by 8 a.m., according to Edison.

"We have restored power to everyone except 11 customers on Bonsall Drive,'' Aoyagi said.

Power was returned to those 11 customers by 1 p.m. Sunday.

Some residents reported seeing a transformer send sparks into the air before the outage began.

A woman named April who lives off Kanan Road said over Twitter that a generator brought to her by Point Dume Pools kept her koi fish alive overnight.

"They made it," April said in a Tweet.

-Malibu Patch Editor Jessica E. Davis contributed to this report.

Cathey Cadieux November 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM
So nice to be able to check patch from my iPhone to find out what is happening. Thank you Jessica
Steve Scheinkman November 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Just got power back at 6:40
Mahalo November 11, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Power Just came back on at Zuma. 6:40am
Christine Weis November 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Thanks Jessica for the updates. We could check them on our cellphones. How thoughtful and kind of you:)
Jill Matthews November 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
My cell phone service (Sprint) stopped working when the power went out. Did anyone else have this problem? Anyone know why?
Marshall Thompson November 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Hans: time to kick more Edison ass.
Marshall Thompson November 11, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Jill, I had solid sprint service the whole time.
Jessica E. Davis November 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
That is very interesting and I figured that that must have happened last night. I'll try to look into this on Monday, when the Sprint offices open.
sima conrad November 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Electricity just came on at 6:40a.m. I am north of Trancas Canyon!
Hans Laetz November 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Ryan, my Fios battery still had dialtone throughout the outage. However, the battery began beeping 15 minutes before the power came back. How annoying, every minute a shrill set of beeps. Of course, the house is dark and the battery is behind a bookcase and there is no way to hunt for a reset button, if any. Grrrrr. Sprint voice and data service died with the power, but SMS messages would transmit and receive OK Remember that for the next disaster. Text messages will (sometimes) go through when nothing else will.
Jessica E. Davis November 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Most have their power back on now. Only 255 are still without power, with restoration times ranging from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Edison. Please feel free to share your experiences here in the comments or email me at malibu@patch.com.
sima conrad November 11, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I have verizon fios and verizon cellular. Nothing worked from the time I got home at 8:15p.m.
Malibu November 11, 2012 at 03:44 PM
yah mine was down too, I could get no data, barely a signal. Sprint is terrible. Edison is worse.
Jessica E. Davis November 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
All but 11 have power now, according to Edison.
Hans Laetz November 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Did people with Verizon FioS -LANDLINE- service lose their old fashioned dial tone? Its very important -- as Verizon/FioS promises to provide dial tone on traditional landlines (cable or copper) for 4-6 hours of blackout. They make no promises for FioS cable service, or Verizon cellphones. I am very curious why Sprint cell service died with the power, at least at Trancas. It seemed to be working at MHS.
Hans Laetz November 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Did people with either Verizon FioS -LANDLINE- service, or Charter LANDLINE phone service, lose their old fashioned dial tone? Its very important -- as Verizon/FioS and Charter promise to provide dial tone on traditional landlines (cable or copper) for 4-6 hours of blackout. They make no promises for FioS cable service, or Verizon cellphones, or Charter cable service, or VOIP stuff like Vonage or Googlevoice. I am very curious why Sprint cell service died with the power, at least at Trancas. It seemed to be working at MHS. Also strange that SMS worked, voice didn't and email notifications were being trasnmitted by Sprint,but not the emails themselves. The difference between wired and weird is scant.
Concerned November 11, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Hillview, off Latigo,correct? Very frightening to realize that "a transformer" in that area can obliterate the power for so many homes. I drove on PCH last night to get a feel for the extent of the black out (and find some cell service!!). It seemed to extend from Latigo north to county line? The scene was peaceful, lovely and all those romantic analogies... Back to facts : One transformer causing thousands to loose power for over 13 hours, really disturbs me
Carla Bowman-Smith November 11, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Sprint "service" stopped for us as well.
Scott Hosfeld November 11, 2012 at 07:46 PM
We lost our Verizon/FIOS phone as well...
John Martin November 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I'm pretty amazed and impressed that services work so well out in the boonies, away from any power station. Sure, it's a bummer the power went out, but isn't it cool how great it works most of the time? How many of us actually know where our good stuff comes from? Where did that power (that went out) come from? How about the water that comes out of our sink? Where did that come from? And through how many miles of pipe? And the gas for the stove? Hot water? We've come a long way, and really shouldn't take it all so much for granted. Just my thoughts. And I am genuinely sorry for anyone who was truly inconvenienced by the whole thing.
Hans Laetz November 11, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Oh dear,John,give me a shout some day when you have 20 minutes to hear about how rickety and old the power poles in the local mountains and canyons and beaches are. Wanna see a picture of the power pole they dug out at Zuma last week? 30 percent of it was hollow, filled with termite poop. I don't know what happened at Bonsall. It looked like branches into wires. Those things happen. Some hardworking IBEW men and woman worked in wind and darkness all night to fix it. Don't take that for granted, like you say. But what I have learned about SC Edison company practices and policies will scare the bejeebers out of you.
Candace Brown November 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Thank you John Martin for your thoughtful insight. And thanks Hans for your tireless research and selfless hard work.
nate November 12, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Power went out briefly and came back on again about 10-min. ago here next to Latigo. Nothing major. Now that the sun is going down I'm carrying my book light in my pocket whenever I climb the stairs though, lol.
nate November 12, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Solar Power is the only answer for the future: http://www.lastcallattheoasis.com/
Jessica E. Davis November 12, 2012 at 01:22 AM
That's nerve wracking. Let's hope the power stays on tonight.
Susan Tellem November 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Lost electricity a few minutes ago again. My computer is not happy nor are the tortoises. SCE give us a break and fix those overloaded poles.
Kelly Higgins November 12, 2012 at 04:31 AM
You need a generator or a solar powered battery and inverter system,or both, the Verizon Fios system will work 4 or 5 hours if the battery is strong in there little white box but you need a non powered phone to plug into there system, I find a UPS unit works great for powered phones and a router/ computer, U.P.S stands for uninterrupted power source, you can buy them at Costco get the big one !
Ann Tomkins November 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Interesting that the power stayed on in Latigo Canyon north of Hillview.
Gwen Lucoff November 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I want to know how come it took almost 12 hours to restore power in Malibu park. It was a VERY cold saturday night, and with out heat in our house it was not fun. not to mention all the food in the refridgerators and freezers, luckily it didn't defrost to much, but I made sure no one opened them, Yes it's time to invest in a generator This power outage was a wake up call for future problems. one of the really wierd things was that the new lights on the school grounds had thier smaller lights on all night, the ones that are about half way down. I wonder why they stayed on? But I was very happy when the power came back on at 7:30am in malibu park.
Hans Laetz November 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The City of Malibu should formally ask Edison why the power went out. The National Weather Service says winds at the nearest station, Leo Carrillo, peaked at 21 mph gusts that hour. Those were not unusual winds, in fact, the were westerlies that are not that uncommon here. Edison needs to explain how half the city could be blacked out for 12 hours by one point of failure, if that was the case. Was there a cascading series of events? A series of coincidental simultaneous events? As for the high school, those little lights are emergency evacuation lights, apparently required by fire codes. They will come on whenever Edison blacks out. And they do not count against the number of hours that the field lights get to be used for school purposes.


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