Thursday, December 2, 2021

Thanksgiving brings with it strong winds, power outages, fire hazard.

Southern California was hit by gusty Santa Ana winds on Thanksgiving Day, creating a fire hazard and causing tens of thousands of people to lose energy.

Over Wednesday night, gusts of wind exceeded 70 miles per hour in some mountainous areas and on hillsides, causing trees to fall.


The red flag warning went into effect at 10 am Wednesday for most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. It will run until 6:00 pm on Friday, according to the National Meteorological Service, as gusty northeast winds and dry air create the potential for critical fires in the region.

Officials predict relative humidity will drop to 2-8% by Thursday and Friday, along with “very poor recovery overnight, especially in mountainous areas,” according to the warning. Winds are expected to ease by Friday, but low humidity and occasional strong gusts will keep the fire hazard high throughout the day, according to the warning.

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According to Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist at the Oxnard Weather Station, temperatures in coastal areas and valleys are expected to hover in the mid-70s until Thanksgiving, then warmer slightly on Friday and weekends.

Temperatures may be high on the beaches on Thursday, he said. “This is usually the case with Santa Anas,” Kittell said, explaining that the air heats up as it descends in height.

Power output

Edison of Southern California said public safety power outages could affect consumers to reduce the risk of fires on windblown power lines.

As of Thursday morning, approximately 60,000 Edison customers have been cut off. Another 156,000 clients can also be disconnected.

Here is Edison’s site for power outages.

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