SoCal Edison mulls power shutdowns before Thanksgiving amid red flag warning

  • Southern California’s major electric utility started cutting power in the mountains near Los Angeles after high winds increased the wildfire risk, marking the second consecutive year that parts of the drought-stricken region will spend Thanksgiving in darkness.

Red flag warnings were expected to be in effect as late as late morning and will carry on for most of Friday with strong gusts and low relative moisture predicted, the National Weather Service said.

The strongest and potentially most damaging winds were expected Thursday night into Thanksgiving morning.

Gusts up to 121 mph were expected near and below Cajon Pass and close to the shorelines of Santa Ana Mountains.

Two major utilities have been considering energy shutdowns in high-risk areas to prevent wildfires breaking out in case the Santa Anas floods damage electrical systems or blow debris onto power lines.

Edison of Southern California said it considered severing the power supply to more than 151.000 customers in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura County.

Edison warned that more than 150.000 homes and businesses could lose power, while semifinalist San Diego Gas & Electric could cut power to more than 42.000 homes.

Meteorologists also warned of the possibility of hard frost throughout the night, with temperatures as high as 23 degrees in the high desert Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles.


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Weather is the state of the atmosphere, describing for example the degree to which it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. On Earth, (wikipedia)

Santa Ana winds

The Santa Ana winds are strong, extremely dry downslope winds that originate inland and affect coastal southern California and northern Baja California. They originate from cool, (wikipedia)

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison , the largest subsidiary of Edison International, is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California. (wikipedia)

San Diego Gas & Electric

San Diego Gas & Electric provides natural gas and electricity to San Diego County and southern Orange County in southwestern California, United States. It is owned by Sempra Energy, (wikipedia)

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is an agency of the United States federal government that is tasked with providing weather forecasts, warnings of hazardous weather, (wikipedia)

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