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Power goes out as fire danger looms in Southern California

Added 12-03-20 03:03:02am EST - “Southern California utilities cut the power to tens of thousands of customers to avoid the threat of wildfires as the region found itself whipped by Santa Ana winds that could turn sparks into catastrophes.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Power goes out as fire danger looms in Southern California”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California utilities cut the power to tens of thousands of customers to avoid the threat of wildfires as the region found itself whipped by Santa Ana winds that could turn sparks into catastrophes.

Red flag warnings of extreme fire danger were in place Thursday throughout much of the region because of low humidity, bone-dry brush and the winds, which sweep down from the interior with sustained winds of up to 35 mph but gusts of 50 mph to 70 mph (112.7 kph) at times, the National Weather Service said.

The warnings are in place into Saturday, with the winds at their greatest overnight and in early morning hours, the weather service said.

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Utilities in the populous region began cutting power Wednesday to customers as a precaution to prevent gusts from blowing tree limbs into electrical equipment or knocking down power lines, which in recent years have sparked devastating wildfires.

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