LOS ANGELES (AP) – Thousands of people in Southern California were left without power on Thanksgiving Day after a power company began shutting off service to prevent wildfires from damaged cables amid high winds. .
Nearly 5,000 customers in Los Angeles and Ventura counties were left without service Thursday and more than 100,000 more are at risk of blackouts, according to Southern Edison.
An extreme fire danger warning is in effect across a wide swath of Southern California, where very dry conditions and Santa Ana winds are expected to persist through Saturday.
Those winds will affect the region from northwest Los Angeles to the Mexican border, and when they blow and their strength will depend on the location, according to the National Weather Service.
Southern California Edison’s Public Safety Power Outage website showed blackouts being weighed for about 51,000 customers in San Bernardino County, nearly 28,000 in Los Angeles County, more than 11,000 in Ventura County, more than 7,000 in Riverside County, nearly 6,000 in Orange County, and about 5,000 in Kern County. The total is about 2.2% of Southern California Edison’s 5 million customers.