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Largest utility in Southern California cuts power to tens of thousands near Los Angeles

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Largest utility in Southern California cuts power to tens of thousands near Los Angeles on Thanksgiving as strong winds raised the risk of wildfire

  • Edison International of Southern California halted power service to 63,835 homes and businesses across Los Angeles and surrounding counties 
  • The shutoff began around 10:36 a.m. local time Thursday 
  • Edison is shutting down power to avoid having live wires spark blazes and start wildfires as a wind storm hit the area 
  • When all is said and done, over 200,000 accounts could lose service between the Los Angeles and San Diego areas
  • Voluntarily switching off power lines ahead of strong winds has become somewhat of a new normal in the region after a series of deadly wildfires 










Thousands in Southern California are without power on Thanksgiving for the second year running as the region’s largest utility cut off service amid risk of strong winds causing wildfires. 

Edison International of Southern California halted power service to 63,835 homes and businesses across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.

The shutoff began around 10:36 a.m. local time Thursday. 

Edison is shutting down power to avoid having live wires spark blazes and start wildfires as a wind storm hit the area. 

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

Edison International of Southern California halted power service to 63,835 homes and businesses across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties

Edison International of Southern California halted power service to 63,835 homes and businesses across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties

Wildfires sparked by live power lines like this one from 2019 are the reasons for the shutdowns

Wildfires sparked by live power lines like this one from 2019 are the reasons for the shutdowns

Edison crews will have to check the power lines after the winds before power can be restored

Edison crews will have to check the power lines after the winds before power can be restored

Voluntarily switching off power lines ahead of strong winds has become somewhat of a new normal in the region after a series of deadly wildfires was sparked by their equipment.

Last year on Thanksgiving, over 20,000 homes and businesses had their power cut for the holiday, only made worse by the fact that some had to shelter in place due to the pandemic. 

A Red Flag Warning, the highest alert possible, 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 brush fire broke out near San Diego earlier Thursday. No one was injured.  

The United States Storm Prediction Center claimed that these are fire-weather conditions. 

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

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

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 shut off power for thousands of customers

San Diego Gas and Electric has had to shut off power for thousands of customers

Kevin McGowan, head of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, advised that residents stay informed and be ready to evacuate, especially if they live in canyon, mountain or foothill communities.    

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

Over 3.1 million acres of California state and federal land have been burned by over 8,000 fires in 2021 alone. 

The blazes have killed three people and claimed three lives, according to the state department of forestry. 

The problem is only worsening as human-caused climate change has caused a more than 20-year megadrought along the West Coast state, fire officials said. 

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