Vikki Vargas, Scott Meadows
A power outage in Torrance on Super Bowl Sunday affected hundreds of customers and drove football fans to local bars to catch the game.
For some Torrance residents watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, the biggest hit of the game came when power suddenly went out toward the end of the first quarter, and it lasted for more than three hours.
Chris Andrade wasn't about to miss the game, so he plugged a power converter into his truck, plugged in his television and started the engine.
"You can't miss the game. You got to do what you got to do," Andrade said.
More than 1,400 Southern California Edison customers were affected by the outage, which was caused by downed power lines at the intersection of 182nd street and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady.
"The lights went off, they went on," football fan Paula Hart said. "We were on our phones, all of us different phones getting the streaming part of the game. We actually ended up listening to the BBC broadcast."
Power was out to homes and businesses in a rectangular section between Crenshaw Boulevard and Western Avenue and from West Carson Street to Marine Avenue.
As of 8 p.m. Sunday, most of the power had been restored to all but 225 customers.
McGrady sympathized with football fans in one of American's biggest TV sports watching events.
”It’s difficult to be without power anytime, especially during the Super Bowl,” McGrady said. “We thank people for their patience and understand if people weren’t patient.”