VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Southern California Edison has notified about 6,500 customers across the high desert as well as government officials, emergency management agencies and fire chiefs of a potential power shutoff to protect public safety.
Locally gusty winds, hot temperatures and dry conditions prompted SCE on Wednesday to alert high desert customers of a potential Public Safety Power shutoffs between Thursday afternoon and Friday evening in parts of these communities:
Apple Valley, Hesperia, Palmdale, Victorville, unincorporated Los Angeles County areas, including Little Rock, Llano, Valyermo, Juniper Hills and Pearblossom, and unincorporated San Bernardino County areas, including Lucerne Valley.
According to SCE, peak wind gusts in affected areas will be mainly in the 45 to 55 mph range, with a few isolated gusts up to 70 mph possible. Winds are expected to peak this afternoon and evening and settle some tonight before picking up again Friday afternoon.
No power has been shut off at this time.
“Our personnel and meteorologists are closely monitoring field weather conditions throughout the region that might be affected by high winds,” said SCE Incident Commander Terry Ohanian, who is leading the response team at the utility’s Emergency Operations Center.
He noted that weather conditions can change quickly, which could affect the timing and duration of this event. SCE personnel have been mobilized and are now on alert to respond to changing weather conditions.
“We understand how inconvenient it is to be without power and will only shut off power if the weather is such that we have to take that action to protect communities from a potential wildfire,” Ohanian said. “We will do our best to minimize the impact on customers, but keeping families, homes and businesses safe is SCE’s No. 1 priority.”
Customers are reminded there may be outages caused by weather and high winds unrelated to a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
If an outage occurs, power will be restored as weather permits and after crews inspect and determine it is safe to re-energize lines.
Customers whose contact information is on file with SCE will receive alerts by phone, text or email about any power shutoffs. They should make sure their contact information is correct by going to their account at sce.com/outagealerts or by calling 800-655-4555.
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(source: SCE Energized//@SCE_MaryAnnM)