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Power grid and patience are strained as heat wave continues
Power grid and patience are strained as heat wave continues

Across Southern California, the unrelenting heat wave tested both emotions and the region's power grid. In northeast Los Angeles, students walked out of class when the air conditioning went out. Across town, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported that — as thousands went without power — one of its transfer stations caught fire under the strain of triple-digit temperatures. And to the east and south, furnace-hot winds and a furious rainstorm added to the misery index. The DWP said Monday's energy demand record was shattered Tuesday, with electrical usage peaking at nearly 6,400 megawatts. Monday's peak was about 6,200 megawatts. Randy Howard,...

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