Wind and rain pounded west Redlands on Wednesday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines, sparking a fire and leaving more than 1,600 Southern California Edison customers without power, city and utility officials said.
Outages were reported at 4 p.m. to a total of 1,686 customers, Edison spokeswoman Lauren Bartlett said. Power was restored to all but 52 homes in the area of Fulbright Avenue by 4:30 p.m., Bartlett said.
Redlands police reported trees down in the following locations:
- 1235 Sunnyside Ave.
- 215 Fremont St.
- Nanette Street and Fletcher Avenue
- 1400 Fulbright Ave.
- 429 La Verne St.
At 1434 W. Fern Ave., a tree came down with live electric wires and ignited at least one tree, according to Redlands police. Edison responded and turned off power. The fire was contained by Redlands firefighters. There were no evacuations.
The outages were caused by a tree falling into power lines, Bartlett said. Crews were at work but there was no estimated time available for when power would be restored to the 52 homes without electricity, Bartlett said Wednesday evening.
Winds brought down palm fronds all over the city, Redlands police reported. No storm-related traffic accidents were reported to police.