SAN DIEGO – More than 56,000 SDG&E customers in San Diego County are without power Thursday morning after the utility shut it off citing high winds gusting through the area.
As of 12:15 a.m., outages were impacting 56,331 customers in portions of Alpine, Boulevard, Campo, Campo Reservation, Descanso, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Jacumba, Jamul, Julian, La Jolla Reservation, La Posta Reservation, Manzanita Reservation, Mesa Grande Reservation, Pauma Reservation, Pauma Valley, Potrero, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Santa Ysabel, Santa Ysabel Reservation, Valley Center and Viejas Reservation, the utility said.
SDG&E previously notified about 88,700 of its customers in inland communities that they could be subject to public-safety power shutoffs from Wednesday night into the weekend, and potentially through Monday.
“We recognize losing power is disruptive, and we sincerely thank our customers for their patience and understanding,” the company said.
In response to the expected atmospheric conditions, the NWS issued a red-flag wildfire warning for local inland valley and highland areas, effective from 6 this evening to 10 p.m. Saturday. The most intensive critical fire-weather conditions are expected to last from tonight through Friday morning,
The dry and windy weather pattern is likely to continue into next week, though likely in a weakened manner, according to forecasters.
Check back for updates on this developing story.