Power knocked out at Promenade Temecula, other businesses Monday afternoon

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TEMECULA – A power outage affected hundreds of homes and businesses Monday in north Temecula before utility workers were able to restore electricity to most customers.

About 900 electrical customers in an area near the Promenade Temecula shopping mall found themselves without power just before 1 p.m., according to Southern California Edison spokesperson Susan Cox.

The outage disabled some traffic signals, according to a post from the city of Temecula’s official Facebook page, including those at the intersection of Winchester Road and Promenade Mall East, which created traffic jams on Winchester that spanned multiple blocks in each direction for much of the afternoon.

Southern California Edison workers responded to diagnose the cause of the outage, while Temecula Public Works crews tried to get the traffic signals back online.

As of around 4:30 p.m., power had been restored to most affected areas, according to the city.

Utility crews were still working on a transformer near Promenade Mall East and Winchester, the city said on Facebook.

Cox, the Edison spokesperson, said about 50 customers were still without power by about 6 p.m.

The cause of the outage remained under investigation.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.