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Crews work at a Southern California Edison facility in Valencia as the company implements a public safety power shut-off (PSPS) in an effort to mitigate fire risks during dry, windy weather in Santa Clarita on Monday. Bobby Block/The Signal

 

Power shutoffs commenced Thanksgiving Day in the Santa Clarita Valley, with Southern California Edison customers affected near the Agua Dulce area.

The utility had issued warnings of public safety power shutoffs, or PSPS, ahead of the holiday weekend due to high winds and fire danger across the region.

SoCal Edison’s online map of impacted areas indicated parts of Agua Dulce had their power shut off with an estimated restoration time of 3:00 p.m. Saturday. A community crew vehicle is expected to be available for those affected from noon to 10 p.m. at 33201 Agua Dulce Canyon Rd. to provide power shutoff information, light snacks, water, small resiliency devices and personal protective equipment.

“Estimates will be updated as weather conditions improve,” SCE said on its website.

As of 9:20 a.m. Thursday, no other areas in the SCV appeared to have had power shutoffs, however, areas located mostly east of the SCV remain under consideration. In Los Angeles County, approximately 209 customers of the 87,863 who are under consideration had their power cut out, according to the utility’s website.

The warnings come as the National Weather Service issued Wednesday a red flag warning to take effect from 2:00 p.m. Thursday – 6:00 p.m. Friday and a high wind advisory from 7:00 a.m. Thursday – 3:00 p.m. Friday for much of L.A. and Ventura counties “due to gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity,” prompting SCE to warn residents of possible shutoffs.

Moderate to locally strong Santa Ana winds were expected to develop Wednesday night and peak Thursday night through Friday morning and weaken into the weekend. The strongest winds will be focused in the SCV and surrounding areas. Wind gusts could reach up to 65 mph and humidities could dip from 12-25% Thursday to 6-15% Friday.

To check the status of an update, utility customers can sign up to receive alerts via sce.com/wildfire/psps-alerts or call 1-800-655-4555.

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  1. Rosemary Moffat says:

    Once again, our power was cut off, this time on Thanksgiving day — due to “fire danger”. The problem with that excuse is that while my power was cut off as were my immediate neighbors, the folks across the street had power. Does that mean they weren’t in the same fire danger that I was? Down the street at my sisters ranch they had full power. But on the other side of her ranch they had no power. So, this insistence that they turn the power off for our safety is obviously a crock of, well, you get the idea.

    And it’s not just the fact that 70,000 Southern California residents sat there looking at their raw turkey on Thanksgiving morning. In my area of about 3,000, for many of us, EVERYTHING goes off when the power goes off and it puts hundreds of residents in danger every time it happens. We have no way to communicate to the outside world. That’s right, no power, off and on landline, no cell phone, no water (well pumps stop). If a fire came our way, I guess we’d have to use it to send smoke signals for help.

    We have suffered this outage frenzy for more than a year, with power outages that range from eight hours to two or three days every time a breeze comes up. And this just so SCE can save their a**es from further lawsuits. But every time it happens, computers crash, food goes bad, appliances freeze up, landscapes dry out, among other things. Yet SCE continues this horribly unethical practice without regard to the consequences and dangers for thousands of their customers. So I guarantee there will be more trouble for this out of control company. It’s time they get their s*#t together or get out.

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