More than 200,000 could lose power on Thanksgiving as Southern California’s largest utility shuts down service

More than 200,000 could lose power on Thanksgiving as Southern California’s largest utility cuts service to tens of thousands between the Los Angeles and San Diego areas as strong winds increased the risk of wildfires

  • Edison International of Southern California cut power to 63,835 homes and businesses in Los Angeles and surrounding counties
  • The lockdown began around 10:36 a.m. local time on Thursday
  • Edison cuts the power to prevent power wires from sparking and setting fires if a wind storm hit the area
  • When all is said and done, more than 200,000 accounts could lose service between the Los Angeles and San Diego areas on Thanksgiving
  • Voluntary shutdown of high-voltage power lines has become something of a new norm in the region after a series of deadly wildfires



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Thousands in Southern California are without power for the second year in a row on Thanksgiving as the region’s largest utility shut down power amid the risk of strong winds sparking wildfires.

Edison International of Southern California has cut power to 63,835 homes and businesses in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

The shutdown began around 10:36 a.m. local time on Thursday, Thanksgiving.

Edison cuts off the power to prevent electric wires from sparking and possibly starting wildfires if a windstorm hit the area.

When all is said and done, more than 200,000 accounts could lose service between the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.

Wildfires caused by power cables, like this one pictured from 2019, are the reasons for the closures

Wildfires caused by power cables, like this one pictured from 2019, are the reasons for the closures

Edison crews (pictured in a stock photo) must check power lines after the wind before power can be restored

Edison crews (pictured in a stock photo) must check power lines after the wind before power can be restored

Edison crews (pictured in a stock photo) must check power lines after the wind before power can be restored

Voluntarily shutting down high-voltage power lines for high winds has become somewhat of a new norm in the region after a series of deadly wildfires were caused by their equipment.

Last Thanksgiving, more than 20,000 homes and businesses went out of power for the holidays, exacerbated only by the fact that some had to take shelter due to the pandemic.

A red flag warning, the highest possible warning, was posted to warn people in the area of ​​strong, dry winds from Santa Barbara to the US-Mexico border through Friday.

This came after an 18-acre wildfire broke out near San Diego earlier Thursday. No one was injured.

The United States Storm Prediction Center claimed these are fire weather events.

An 18-acre wildfire broke out near San Diego on Thursday morning

An 18-acre wildfire broke out near San Diego on Thursday morning

An 18-acre wildfire broke out near San Diego on Thursday morning

San Diego Gas and Electric has had to cut power to thousands of customers

San Diego Gas and Electric has had to cut power to thousands of customers

San Diego Gas and Electric has had to cut power to thousands of customers

Kevin McGowan, chief of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management

Kevin McGowan, chief of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management

Kevin McGowan, chief of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management

Kevin McGowan, chief of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, advised residents to stay informed and be ready to evacuate, especially if they live in canyons, mountains or hills.

Service in both the Los Angeles and San Diego regions will be restored once utilities can examine power lines for wind damage.

More than 3.1 million acres of state and federal land in California were burned by more than 8,000 fires in 2021 alone.

The fires have killed three people and claimed three lives, according to the Ministry of State Forestry.

The problem is only getting worse as human-induced climate change has caused a more than 20-year megadrought along the West Coast, firefighters said.

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