Scattered storms, lightning hit Southern California and prompt beach closures Saturday, Dec. 3, 2019. (Francine Orr/NBC)
A storm that knocked out power in multiple Southern California counties forced the closure of hundreds of beaches.
The storm hit the L.A. basin late Friday night, causing power outages and beach closures, while causing minor mayhem and traffic backups on coastal roads.
The storms have been called “perfect storm” by meteorologists (meaning they’re likely to combine with a cold front coming off the southwest coast).
The storms came after Southern California residents and tourists had been warned for two days to stay off the coast.
The first power outage in the L.A. basin was reported at 3:48 a.m. on Friday in Ventura County, which is home to Disneyland and the sprawling city of San Buenaventura, on the Southern California coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
A second, more widespread power outage happened at 6:41 a.m. in the county of Los Angeles. That same day, the L.A. County Fire Department reported that there were power outages that affected about 8,600 customers in the San Fernando Valley and several coastal neighborhoods.
On Saturday, there were power outages in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, as well as in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
The third major outage occurred in San Diego County.
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Power outages have been increasingly common as Southern Californians have been hit by more severe and frequent storms in the past year.
A month ago, power outages were rare in the L.A. area, but they were frequent as of late last October, with 3,