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EDISON IS ENCOURAGING CUSTOMERS TO STOCK UP ON EMERGENCY LIGHTING SUPPLIES

 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison is urging customers that do not have emergency lighting supplies such as flashlights and batteries to stock up today. Restoration of service to the affected areas is moving along on schedule and if all continues to go well, most -- but not all -- of the affected customers will have their power restored by this evening, an Edison spokesperson said.
 Edison is also warning customers to stay away from downed power lines and to refrain from using candles for lighting due to danger from possible natural gas leaks.
 The utility is requesting that customers whose power has been off, turn off all electrical appliances except for the refrigerator and one light switch. Limiting demand for electricity when power is restored will help avoid new outages caused by power irregularities, the spokesperson said.
 Earlier today, about 750,000 customers were initially affected by the 6.6 magnitude earthquake. As of 3:15 p.m., there were 150,000 customers without power, most located in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and the northern San Fernando Valley, where damage to Edison's electric power distribution facilities was heavy. By sundown this evening, the utility estimates that only 100,000 customers will be without power, and only about 50,000 by 9 p.m. By dawn, all customers should have their electricity restored.
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