More than 200,000 customers could lose Thanksgiving power as strong winds increase the risk of wildfires and the largest power company in Southern California cuts services between the Los Angeles and San Diego regions to tens of thousands.
- Edison International in Southern California has shut down power services to 63,835 homes and businesses across Los Angeles and its surrounding counties.
- Shutoff started around 10:36 am local time on Thursday
- Edison shuts off power to avoid live-line flames and wildfires when a storm hits the area
- When everything is said and done, over 200,000 accounts between Thanksgiving Los Angeles and the San Diego area can lose service
- Voluntarily turning off power lines before strong winds after a series of deadly wildfires has become a somewhat new practice in the region.
Thousands of Southern California have been unpowered for Thanksgiving for the second year in a row as the region’s largest power company has shut down services amid the risk of strong winds causing wildfires.
Edison International in Southern California has cut off power to 63,835 households and businesses in the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.
The shut-off began around 10:36 am local time on Thursday for Thanksgiving.
Edison shuts off power to avoid the possibility of a wildfire caused by live lines causing flames when a storm hits the area.
After all, over 200,000 accounts between the Los Angeles and San Diego areas can lose service.
Such a live-lined wildfire taken in 2019 is the reason for the shutdown.
Edison’s crew (pictured in the stock image) should check the power lines after the wind before power is restored.
Voluntarily turning off power lines before strong winds has become a somewhat new norm in the region after a series of deadly wildfires have been triggered by their equipment.
At last year’s Thanksgiving, more than 20,000 homes and businesses went out of power for vacations, but were exacerbated by the fact that they had to evacuate because of a pandemic.
Until Friday, the best possible warning, the fire alarm, was posted to warn people in the windy and dry areas from Santa Barbara to the US / Mexico border.
This happened after an 18-acre wildfire broke out near San Diego early Thursday. No one was injured.
The US Storm Forecast Center claimed that these were fire weather conditions.
An 18-acre wildfire broke out near San Diego on Thursday morning
San Diego Gas & Electric had to shut down thousands of customers
Kevin Magowan, Director of Emergency Management, Los Angeles County
Kevin Magowan, Head of the Los Angeles County Emergency Management Agency, advised residents to inform and be ready to evacuate, especially if they live in canyons, mountains, or hills.
Once power companies are able to investigate power line wind damage, services will be restored in both the Los Angeles and San Diego regions.
In 2021 alone, more than 3.1 million acres of California and federal land were destroyed by more than 8,000 fires.
According to the State Department’s forestry, the flame killed three people and killed them.
According to fire authorities, the problem is only exacerbated as anthropogenic climate change has caused a drought for over 20 years along the West Coast.
More than 200,000 people could lose Thanksgiving power as the largest power company in Southern California cuts services
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