Strong winds and low humidity increase chance of wildfires and power outages in Southern California over Thanksgiving holiday

Stormy, dry Santa Ana winds are fueling the wildfire threat in Southern California this week, with a possible power outage looming over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Last year, over 75.000 Southern California Edison customers had to cut electricity during the holiday period amid similar conditions.

San Diego Gas & Electric could cut power to just over 43.000 customers in some areas as a result of a combination of extremely dry weather and gusty Santa Ana winds expected beginning Wednesday.

‘The combination of these gusty winds, low humidities and continuing dry vegetation is likely to create critical fire weather conditions over this time,’ the National Met Service said.

The National Weather Service has issued its red flag warning for the Northeast, which starts at 4 a.m. on Thanksgiving and remains in effect through 6 p.m. Friday.

California has endured a devastating wildfire season this year, with 8,367 fires known to have scorched more than three million acres in the state, according to Cal Fire.

Over the years, clients who have been most directly impacted by cut-off lines tend to live in San Diego County inland.

Gusty Santa Anas could make it harder for drivers, especially in mountain passes and areas with strong cross-winds, authorities said.


National Weather Service

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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)


Weather

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Southern California Edison

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Santa Ana winds

Strong, extremely dry downslope winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and northern Baja California. They originate from cool (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)


NOAA Weather Radio

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National Weather Service Miami, Florida

The National Weather Service Miami, Florida is a local weather forecast office of the National Weather Service that serves six counties in South Florida – Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, (wikipedia)

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