Southern California Prepares For Elevated Wildfire Risk And Power Outages As Santa Ana Wind Blows

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Southern California Prepares For Elevated Wildfire Risk And Power Outages As Santa Ana Wind Blows

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Parts of southern California are bracing for elevated wildfire threats and potential power outages Sunday and Monday as a Santa Ana wind event is expected to bring gusts of up to 50-60 mph. in Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties — the first significant wind. threat of time.

Basic Facts

Strong winds and low humidity conditions are expected to last from late Saturday into Monday night, according to the National Weather Service, with gusts in some areas reaching higher than 65 mph.

A red flag warning is in effect for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, marking the first significant Santa Ana wind activity in the region for the season.

Southern California Edison, the region’s leading electric utility, is notifying customers that windy conditions paired with dry vegetation may increase the likelihood of public safety power outages aimed at protecting in communities from falling power lines, the Los Angeles Times reported.

High fire danger is expected in northern San Diego County while a high wind watch is in effect for the eastern half of the county from early Monday through 5 p.m. Wednesday, although San Diego’s main power utility does not indicate the need for potential power outages as of Friday, according to San Diego Union Tribune.

Big Number

More than 150,000. That’s the number of customers Edison has announced will experience shutdowns from Sunday through Tuesday, the Times reported.

Key Background

The Santa Ana wind is a common weather phenomenon in southern California that brings strong winds and dry conditions from the deserts to the coast. Specifically, the air warms and dries as strong winds travel from the region’s mountains to its coast. Winds are typically common during the colder months of the year, according to the National Weather Service, which run from September to May.

Further Reading

Santa Ana’s first wind activity of the season brings fire hazards, potential losses in the Southland (Los Angeles Times)

Santa Ana winds will exacerbate fire danger and send dust flying starting this week (San Diego Union Tribune)

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Antonio Pequeño IV is a journalist based in Los Angeles. Before joining Forbes, Antonio was a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and Los Angeles Business Journal covering the local financial and biotech sectors. He is a graduate of CSU San Marcos and the University of Southern California. Tips: [email protected] | Twitter @pequeno04

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