Citywide Power Outage Hits Colton


A city of about 55,000 people has found itself completely without power Thursday morning. The outage, which began around 7am this morning, has led several Colton Joint Unified School District campuses to cancel classes. It wasn't immediately clear exactly how many homes and businesses have been affected. 

The citywide power outage was apparently caused by a lightning strike. The city's utility company is asking residents to conserve water, since the water pumps will not run without electricity. 

The outage is expected to last about 8 to 10 hours. That means no air conditioning on a day where the high is expected to hit 108 degrees. 

Crews around Los Angeles are working around the clock to keep the electricity on as high temperatures have people trying to stay cool during the heat wave. 


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