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Lightning strikes and downed power lines were reported in the Sunland area as a storm system passed through the Los Angeles area on Wednesday afternoon. Gadi Schwartz reports from Sunland for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Several power lines were down and hundreds of people were without power after lightning strikes in a Los Angeles neighborhood Wednesday, officials said.
Live wires were sparking and burning in wet streets in the area of Woodward Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in Sunland, sending smoke and a heavy smell of electrical fire into the air.
Fire officials closed multiple lanes and urged people not to go near the downed power lines.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported that 744 customers were without power due to a possible lightning strike. Crews were at the scene working to repair equipment and restore power.
About 1,600 additional customers were expected to lose power as crews de-energize the live wires, LADWP officials said.
It was unclear when power would be restored.
A storm system that moved into Southern California on Monday and continued into Wednesday produced scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, along with strong winds.
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBCLA) April 2, 2014
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