Thanksgiving brings strong winds, power shutoffs and fire danger

Southern California was hit by Santa Ana storm on Thanksgiving Day, causing a fire hazard and causing tens of thousands to lose power.

Storms rose 70 mph on Wednesday night in some mountainous areas, causing some trees to fall.

Predictions

A red flag warning went into operation at 10 am Wednesday in most states of Los Angeles and Ventura. It will continue until 6 a.m. Friday, when a northeast hurricane and dry frostbite bring the possibility of a severe fire in the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials predict that humidity will drop by 2% to 8% by Thursday and Friday, as well as “difficult recovery overnight, especially in the mountains,” according to the warning. Winds are expected to weaken by Friday, but low humidity and hurricanes can sometimes cause a major fire hazard during the day, according to a warning.

Coastal temperatures and valleys are expected to rise in the mid-70s through Thanksgiving before the slightest warming on Friday and the weekend, said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with Oxnard station.

The beaches could see the heat Thursday, he said. “That’s usually what happens in Santa Anas,” Kittell said, noting that air is heated when it comes down from above.

Extinguishing

Southern California Edison said customers may be affected by power outages for public safety reducing the risk of fire from wind-blown lines.

From Thursday morning, power was closed to about 60,000 Edison customers. Another 156,000 customers may also face closure.

Nazi Edison website for more information on fire extinguishers.

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