Santa Ana winds are raising the possibility of power outages in some parts of Southern California


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Another round of Santa Ana winds is on the horizon for Southern California, with gusty winds expected before Thanksgiving, raising the possibility of planned power outages amid concerns about possible wildfires.

“Due to weather conditions, public safety shutdowns are being considered for some SoCal communities,” Edison said in Southern California.

An interactive map of the current outages is available on Edison’s website, along with information about possible upcoming shutdowns.

A high wind warning from the National Weather Service is in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday in the mountains of Santa Monica and Los Angeles County, and Acton and Mount Wilson.

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Most areas can expect wind speeds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.

A wind advisory is in effect from Thursday 3 p.m. to Friday 11 a.m. in the same areas.

Northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph are expected during the wind advisory.

“Harmful winds can blow over large objects such as trees and power lines,” according to the NWS. “Power outages are possible. Travel can be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.”

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A fire watch will go into effect at 1 a.m. Thursday in the same areas affected by the high wind watch and will last through Friday morning. There is a separate fire watch for the coast of Malibu from Thursday morning to Thursday evening.

Forecasters said the fire watch is prompted by the combination of wind gusts from Santa Ana and humidity levels expected to be between 5% and 15%, meaning particularly dry conditions that could be conducive to fires.

“This Santa Ana event will be slightly further east than recent events, leading to more focus on the western San Fernando Valley and western parts of the Santa Monica mountains,” the NWS said. “…There is a smaller window of critical conditions for coastal areas along and west of Malibu through Coastal Ventura County, centered on Thursday during the daytime.”

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With a fire watch going into effect, forecasters urged residents in fire-prone areas to prepare right away for potential fires that could force evacuations. The NWS urged residents to visit or for tips on preparing for fires.

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