PG&E warns of another blackout as Santa Ana winds continue
Clean-up efforts are underway after strong winds swept through southern California Monday night, bringing down trees, sparking dust storms and causing power outages for thousands.
On Tuesday, Pacific Gas & Electric warned another 29,000 Californians that they could turn off their electricity starting Thursday morning. In the second wind-related “public safety power shutdown” this week, the facility warned that 19 counties in northern and central California could be affected in order to reduce the risk of wildfires from active power lines.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Began to issue a weather ‘everything is clear’ On some of the following sites Close on Monday, which affected about 24,000 customers in parts of 23 counties, from Santa Barbara County north to Shasta County. Some of the areas hardest hit by the shutdowns were Butte County, with winds reaching 55mph, and Shasta County and Tihama County, with winds reaching 52mph and 47mph, respectively. The facility is also monitoring weather forecasts that could bring more dry winds into their service area starting Wednesday night, which could lead to more power outages.
PG&E began to open dozens of community resource centers For customers to charge medical equipment, electronic devices, use the Internet and search for air conditioning and heating.
Wind warnings for mountain communities in Ventura and Los Angeles County were canceled Tuesday afternoon after winds shrank below advisory levels, according to a spokesperson for the National Weather Service office in Oxnard. High winds the previous day had created dust storms in the area which reduced visibility to nearly zero and closed sections of Highway 14 and State Route 138 in Lancaster for several hours.
Several areas across the state witnessed damage due to trees falling due to strong winds.
In a neighborhood in South Los AngelesSeveral parked cars were damaged by falling giant trees during the night. Locals told KABC7 that they have complained about the trees for years, saying the trees are old and could cause damage.
in Van Nuys, a tree fell on an SUV as a woman and her two sons were traveling on Irwin Street on Monday. The woman told KTLA5 reporters that she was scratched, but no one was seriously hurt in the accident.
to the north in SacramentoTrees destroyed cars and homes. In one incident, a tree fell on a car while the mother and daughter were inside. Both managed to get out safely, but the car was badly damaged, they told KABC10.
There are currently wind warnings in place for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and are expected to last through early Wednesday. Guidance warns of gusty winds that can blow unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high-altitude vehicles.
In Los Angeles County, Santa Ana winds are expected late Thursday night through Friday morning with gusts of between 30 and 45 mph. “Besides the high temperatures and low humidity… there will be a significant fire hazard,” the spokesperson said. A fire weather clock has been activated in most Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to very dry conditions Friday morning through Friday evening.
A red flag warning for Monterey County is warning of strong northerly winds and low humidity that could lead to critical weather fires through Tuesday afternoon.
In contrast, the first snow of the season hit the San Bernardino Mountains last night. Video captured by OnScene.TV shows snow accumulating at various locations around Running Springs and Arrowbear Lake. A frost warning in the nearby Apple and Lucerne valleys is in effect until midnight warning of temperatures as low as 28 degrees.