Christmas Eve Blackout May Leave Southern California in the Dark


  • With rain still scarce, Edison could cut power to stop fires
  • High winds may return mid-week to drought-stricken region

More than 365,000 Los Angeles-area residents could spend Christmas Eve in the dark if high winds return to the drought-stricken region this week.

Edison International’s Southern California utility is warning on its website that it may need to cut power to 121,830 homes and businesses across seven counties to prevent live electrical lines from sparking fires. Dangerous winds could arrive Wednesday, a company spokesman said, and linger into Thursday — Christmas Eve.

Similar circumstances prompted Edison to switch off power to some customers on Thanksgiving. Most of the customers at risk this week live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

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