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When The Lights (And A/C) Go Down In The City: The Latest On Planned Power Outages Amid SoCal Heat Wave




The sun sets behind a row of power lines.
The sun sets behind a row of power lines.
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With the height of fire season upon us, so too comes the potential for utilities to shut off power as a cautionary tactic to prevent a wildfire from starting as the Santa Ana winds pick up and temperatures rise across.

Today, Southern California Edison is telling tens of thousands of its customers to charge their phones and medical devices and make sure they have enough nonperishable food to last a couple of days, because planned outages could be in the works. SCE says about 89,000 of its customers in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties could be affected, and that they hope to restore power to affected customers within 24-48 hours of the outage.

If you are a Southern California Edison customer, you can find a list of potentially affected areas as well as a link to sign up for alerts about outages here.

Guests:

Sharon McNary, KPCC infrastructure correspondent; she tweets @KPCCsharon

Robert Laffoon-Villegas, spokesperson for Southern California Edison



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