SDG&E restores power after public safety shutoffs

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FALLBROOK, Calif. — San Diego Gas & Electric has restored power to nearly 3,000 customers after dangerous wildfire conditions caused public safety shutoffs.

The utility notified nearly 21,000 customers Sunday in north San Diego and south Orange counties that it would possibly have to shut off their power Monday and Tuesday. Those customers include residents of Pala Reservation, Oceanside and Camp Pendleton.

Strong winds whipped through North County early Monday, causing poor visibility as dust and debris churned up from strong gusts. SDG&E said it cut power to 2,908 customers in Fallbrook beginning around 9 a.m.

“We came to get gas because the gas station by our house is not working, and to get some snacks,” said Jessie Cleveland, a North County mom. “We actually packed our emergency fire bag this morning before anything happened.”

SDG&E set up a command center in the parking lot of the Fallbrook Library to provide necessities like ice, water, snacks and battery converters. Power was restored to all customers just after 5 p.m.

The company said weather conditions were trending in their favor late Monday. If the current weather forecast holds, they don’t anticipate the need for more shutoffs Tuesday.

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