Powerful Santa Ana winds resulted in Southern California utilities shutting off power to tens of thousands of customers on Thanksgiving Day.
Southern California Edison de-energized lines serving about 64,000 customers in five counties to avert wildfire danger. Wind speeds in some areas were up to 80 miles per hour, said utility spokesperson Diane Castro.
More than 20,300 customers in Riverside County were without power last Thursday, 15,500 in Los Angeles County and 15,000 in Ventura County, and a few thousand customers in San Bernardino and Orange counties.
Red Flag weather alerts led San Diego Gas & Electric to stop power flowing to about 5,200 customers on Thanksgiving.
By the evening of Friday, Nov. 24, power was restored to all the utility customers who had their power cut off.
Red Flag warnings are issued in response to high winds, low humidity, dry vegetation and other conditions conducive to sparking wildfires.
The preventative shutoffs “are a safety tool used as a last resort,” said SDG&E Spokesperson Candace Hadley.