Multiple businesses hit with power outage downtown Sunday morning; some remained in the dark all day

Southern California Edison reported only that an equipment outage occurred along South Palm Canyon Drive sometime around 3:30 a.m.
Several businesses in Downtown Palm Springs were forced to close Sunday as a power outage dragged on. (File photo)

Business owners in a core part of Downtown Palm Springs came to work Sunday morning to find the lights out. For many, that was still the case Sunday evening.

Driving the news: Little is known about the cause of the outage. A spokesperson for Southern California Edison (SCE) could only say that an equipment failure occurred along South Palm Canyon Drive around 3:30 a.m. 

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An estimated 274 customers were impacted, including those between East Arenas Road and Ramon Road who faced a day-long outage. Businesses between East Alejo Road and East Tahquitz Canyon Way had power restored after roughly four hours.

  • Overnight, crews appeared to restore power, but sporadic outages might still occur as crews continue to address the issue.

Motorists were greeted with either flashing red lights or no working lights most of the day and into the evening as they traversed one stretch of Palm Canyon Drive. SCE reminds you to treat intersections with flashing red lights or dark lights as four-way stops.

  • Palm Springs police beefed up patrols in the area that remained in the dark late Sunday evening into early this morning.

More information: To check for outages and their status in Palm Springs and elsewhere, go to the SCE website here.

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