Southern California utility Edison in Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Thursday – Thanksgiving Day – unplugged 5,000 customers amid increased fire risk from strong winds and warned that more than 100,000 additional customers could see their power outages.
Edison, Southern California, shut down power in Los Angeles County by 1 p.m., local time, by 13:00 a.m. local time, and 2,958 customers in Ventura County. The 106,681 customers in the south were able to turn off their power today and on Friday. It can only affect at least 51,000 customers in the province of San Bernardino.
The National Meteorological Service reports that winds of up to 60 miles per hour are possible in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Inland Empire on Thursdays and Fridays.
CBS Los Angeles notes:
From August to October, there were several heat waves in California that caused power outages for the first time since 2001 and contributed to the spread of historic fires up and down the state, destroying and forcing thousands of homes. tens of thousands of people need to be displaced. The SCE has informed California state regulators that their equipment could be faulty to ignite the Silverado fire, which erupted east of Irvine late last month, burned 13,400 acres and forced more than 90,000 to evacuate their homes.
In 2019, Edison, Southern California, agreed to pay $ 360 million as part of a settlement that recognizes that utility utility equipment is responsible for both Thomas and Woolsey fires.
Los Angeles County is said to have received $ 62 million as part of the deal.
“This agreement is an essential step toward accountability and ongoing recovery,” said LA County Superintendent Sheila Kuehl at the time. “While this township does not bring back people’s homes or businesses, it is very important to hold the SCE accountable for the damage caused by the fire.”