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Lightning knocks out power in Long Beach and Metro Blue line service

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Lightning knocked out service for about two hours Thursday morning on the Metro Blue line between the Willow and Del Amo stations, forcing riders to take shuttles. 

Metro spokesman Mark Littman says the power went out at 6:39 a.m. Crews restored service to the light rail line about 8:30 a.m. Midway through repairs, Littman says power was restored to one track.

Littman didn't know how many riders were affected by the outage but said the Blue Line is one of the busiest light-rail routes in the country. It averages 89,000 boardings a day.

The outage also affected surrounding neighborhoods.

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Vanessa McGrady with Southern California Edison said about 15-hundred of the utility’s customers are still without power in the Long Beach area.

“Different circuits were affected so crews are working on them right now," said McGrady. "And so we hope for restoration throughout the day.”

McGrady said people should not touch any down power lines and call 9-1-1 if they see any.

Edison customers can also report outages online at



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