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Thousands lose power near LA amid wildfire fears

A Valero gas station sits vacant after power was shut down as part of a statewide blackout in Santa Rosa, California, on October, 10, 2019. Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images.

LOS ANGELES — An estimated 12,900 customers were without power Thursday when Southern California Edison cut service as part of a statewide precautionary measure against wildfire weather.

The power shutoffs initially affected customers in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Kern counties. By early Thursday afternoon, customers in Palmdale, Agua Dulce, Acton, Boiling Point, White Heather, Fern Ann Falls, Twin Lakes, Deer Lake Highlands, Lake Manor and Santa Susana Knolls were also without power.

According to reports by the Los Angeles Times, Southern California Edison could cut power to more than 173,000 customers depending on the severity of the dry and windy weather conditions.

The shutoffs were announced just a day after Pacific Gas and Electric cut power to more than 800,000 customers in Northern California.

Santa Ana windstorms anticipated throughout the state were expected to peak on Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning in San Diego expected to last from noon Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday.

Concern over fire danger caused San Diego Gas & Electric to issue similar warnings of potential power shutoffs earlier this week. Communities that could be affected by power outages include Alpine, Banner Grade, Boulevard, Campo, Descanso, Fallbrook, Julian, Mesa Grande, Mount Laguna, Oak Grove, Palomar Mountain, Pine Valley, Potrero, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, Rincon, Santa Ysabel, Valley Center, Viejas, Vista, Warner Springs, Valley Center and Wynola.

Follow this link for more information on potential power outages in San Diego County.

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