MORONGO BASIN — The power turned off for thousands of households in the Morongo Basin on Monday morning.
At 1:18 a.m. electrical equipment at Sunny Vista Road and Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree overheated and caused the outage, said Southern California Edison representative Paul Netter. Initially, the power was knocked out for 5,253 customers.
“Customers were affected in Joshua Tree, Landers, Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley,” Netter said.
As of 10:01 a.m. Southern California Edison returned service to over 400 customers. Netter said 4,801 customers were still affected.
“We don’t have an estimated time for return of service,” Netter said. “We have people on the scene working on it.”
Temperatures in Yucca Valley were expected to reach 105 degrees during the afternoon and residents without power were encouraged to visit local cooling centers. The Yucca Valley Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree libraries are both open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Southern California Edison returned to the rest of the affected households at about 3 p.m. Monday.