SDG&E warns of possible power outages throughout the county
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SDG&E is asking people to prepare for possible power outages by getting emergency supplies and signing up for alerts amid Red Flag Warnings throughout Southern and Northern California.
The Southland braced for two days of high winds and low humidity Wednesday, as forecasters issued warnings for extreme wildfire danger Thursday and Friday amid a week-long heat wave.
The strong Santa Ana winds and hot, dry weather were also prompting Southern California Edison to consider temporarily shutting off power for hundreds of thousands of customers to limit the risk of accidental fires.
A red flag warning goes into effect at 5 a.m. Thursday until 5 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds are expected to begin picking up steam after midnight, with the strongest gusts in the mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley. Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected, but gusts could get up to 60 mph, the NWS said.
Edison officials said the utility is considering precautionary power shutoffs that could potentially affect more than 300,000 customers across its service territory. The shutoffs would be carried out to de-energize power lines in danger of being damaged or downed by strong winds, potentially sparking wildfires.
As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 66,000 customers in Los Angeles County were under consideration for electricity shutoffs. In Orange County, more than 26,000 customers live in affected zones.
Meanwhile, firefighters were battling a 40-acre brush fire in Pacific Palisades that was 40% contained Wednesday. The 8,799-acre Saddleridge Fire in the northern San Fernando Valley was 97% contained.