About 700 Edison customers still without power

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A tourist walks in the rain on the stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.

The lights were back on Sunday in most Southern California homes and businesses that went dark for almost a day after winter storms blew down trees and caused havoc.

Southern California Edison says about 700 customers, mostly in the Palm Springs area, remain without electricity Sunday afternoon. Nearly 25,000 customers lost power early Saturday after power lines fell in desert cities like Cathedral City and Joshua Tree, north along the coast in Santa Barbara, and across Los Angeles through Beverly Hills and Malibu.

The California Highway Patrol has reported more than 300 vehicles crashed as steady rain greeted Southland residents Saturday morning.

A palm tree was to blame when it hit power lines in Malibu early Saturday, knocking out power to 2,188 homes and businesses near PCH according the Malibu Patch.

A separate storm slammed Yosemite National Park with strong winds that toppled a tree and killed a park employee.

Forecasters say a storm accompanied by cold temperatures will sweep through Southern California late Sunday into early Monday.

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