December 8, 2021

Thanksgiving weather in Los Angeles: Red Flag warning could leave many without power on Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of Southern California electrical clients had their power lower Wednesday and greater than 200,000 others confronted the identical prospect as utility corporations sought to forestall wildfires as Santa Ana winds developed.

Red flag warnings had been posted at late morning and had been anticipated to stay in impact via a lot of Friday attributable to predicted robust gusts and really low relative humidity, the Nationwide Weather Service mentioned.

The strongest and doubtlessly damaging gusts had been anticipated from Wednesday night time via Thanksgiving morning. Gusts to 75 mph (121 kph) had been anticipated close to and under Cajon Move and close to the coastal foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.

“Fire danger will rapidly escalate during the night,” forecasters mentioned.

The Santa Anas introduced the prospect of public security power shutoffs in high-risk areas to forestall wildfires from being sparked if the winds had been to wreck power tools or blow particles into power strains.

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Southern California Edison mentioned power was lower to greater than 8,000 clients in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties as of Wednesday night time and shutoffs had been doable for greater than 170,000 clients in six counties.

San Diego Gasoline & Electrical was contemplating shutting off electrical energy to greater than 53,000 clients.

Forecasters additionally warned of a doable in a single day laborious freeze in the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles.