About two-thirds of Laguna Niguel's residents were without power Thursday, due to , according to San Diego Gas & Electric.
Laguna Niguel City Manager Tim Casey said SDG&E does not know what time power will be restored. A downed power line is believed to be responsible for the outage in Laguna Niguel. City Hall has not been affected, because it lies in the portion of the city that's served by Southern California Edison. City staff is staying after hours to field calls from concerned residents.
Right now, the city's traffic lights are running on a battery backup system, Casey said. Once the batteries run low, the lights will go to flashing red. After that, they will go black. Residents should treat these as stop signs, since there are not enough Sheriff's deputies direct traffic at each intersection.