Christmas Eve Blackout May Leave Southern California in the Dark
(Bloomberg) - More than 365,000 residents of the Los Angeles area could spend Christmas Eve in the dark if high winds return to the drought-hit area this week.
Edison International's Southern California utility warns on its website that 121,830 households and businesses in seven counties may need to be unplugged to prevent power lines from starting fires. A company spokesman said dangerous winds could arrive on Wednesday, and until Thursday - Christmas Eve.
Similar circumstances caused Edison to turn off power to some customers on Thanksgiving. The most vulnerable customers this week live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.
California utilities shut down power lines before windstorms after their equipment repeatedly triggered deadly, wind-powered forest fires. While December is usually one of the wettest months in California, Los Angeles has not registered any rain this month so the vegetation remains free of scale.
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