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CA Public Utilities Commission probes outages

California Public Utilities Commission launches investigation into windstorm power outages By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' The state's Public Utilities Commission says it is investigating the mass power outages in Southern California following last week's windstorm.

Paul Clanon, the agency's executive director, says the PUC will look at why the outages occurred and why it's taken so long for power to be restored.

Some 1,500 Southern California Edison customers remained without service Wednesday, a week after the Nov. 30 storm. That was down from a high of more than 430,000 outages immediately after the storm brought gusts of nearly 90 mph to the region.

With workers still struggling to restore power to customers a week, critics are questioning whether local utilities are prepared for more serious disasters such as earthquakes.

The agency expects to issue a preliminary report in January.

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