Blown Transformer Causes Road Closure, Knocks Out Power To 1,500

Blown Transformer Causes Road Closure, Knocks Out Power To 1,500

News Staff

An electrical transformer malfunction knocked out to around 1,500 customers Tuesday morning and triggered the closure of a Palm Desert roadway.

The outage began just after 7 a.m. when components failed in an electrical transformer in the area of Cook Street and Fred Waring Drive, according to Southern California Edison and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Just over 1,500 customers initially lost power, but electricity was quickly restored to most of them, Southern California Edison spokeswoman Mary Ann Milbourn said. About 350 customers were without power in the area as of about 3:30 p.m., according to the utility company’s online outage map.

Cook Street was closed between Fred Waring Drive and the Whitewater Wash for several hours before reopening around 2 p.m., sheriff’s deputies said.