/Power Shut Offs Begin as Red Flag Warning Takes Effect

Power Shut Offs Begin as Red Flag Warning Takes Effect

Just as a Red Flag Warning cautioning San Diego County residents to extreme fire weather conditions was set to take effect Thursday, San Diego Gas & Electric began to cut power to residents. 

San Diego Gas & Electric cut power to about two dozen customers in the Santa Ysabel and the Descanso areas at about 4 a.m. amid potentially fire-fueling Santa Ana winds. 

The agency warned nearly 24,000 customers could see forced power shut offs while a Red Flag Warning was in effect. The move is meant to prevent fires that could spark from a downed power line, according to the agency. 

Customers alerted to planned outages were not given any scheduled time. Instead, SDG&E said they would continue to monitor weather conditions and alert customers if a shut off was necessary.

San Diegans Prepare For Santa Ana Winds

The Red Flag Warning took effect at 5  a.m. Thursday and would last until 5 p.m. Friday. During that time, the combination of gusty winds, hot temperatures and low humidity that make the perfect conditions for wildfires to spark and spread rapidly. 

Winds were expected to average 40 to 50 miles per hour with some isolated gusts reaching 60 mph. Humidity was expected to be less than 10 percent and temperatures were expected to be in the mid-90s to low-100s. 

This week’s extreme heat could cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The National Weather Service urges residents to drink plenty of water, stay in air-conditioned rooms and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

NBC 7 Weathercaster Ashley Matthews pinpointed some coastal areas that are predicted to have the lowest high temperatures as possible “cool off spots.” Those beaches include Encinitas, with a forecasted high of 77 degrees, and La Jolla, with a forecasted high of 78 degrees. For the South Bay, Imperial Beach is expected to see a high temperature of 83 degrees.  

For a list of cool zones in San Diego County, click here.