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.
RED FLAG WARNING in effect from 10am Wed thru 6pm Fri for gusty #SantaAnaWinds of 40-60 mph and very low humidities of 2-8 percent. Now is the time to activate your emergency plan in case of evacuations during a fast-moving #wildfire, even at night. #CAwx #LAweather #ReadySetGo! pic.twitter.com/akstU2hTjq
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) November 23, 2021