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Power shutoff warnings catch some residents by surprise

Posted at 6:21 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 21:28:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Amid the Red Flag conditions, some warnings of possible power shutoffs caught some by surprise in Torrey Highlands.

Terrie Rollins has lived at her home on Caminito Vistana for nearly 20 years. On Wednesday night, for the first time ever, she received an email from SDG&E warning of a possible shutoff.

"Confusion, worry. Wondering how I'm going to get everything done," said Rollins.

Rollins's husband suffers asthma and requires an air purifier in the home. Rollins herself lives with a lung condition and needs to plug in a nebulizer for half an hour every day to clear her lungs.

"Didn't sleep much last night wondering what's going to happen," said Rollins.

Rollins says a hotel is costly and is concerned no hotel will accept her two dogs and parrot.

Amid mounting wildfire costs and liability for utilities across the state, SDG&E - armed with high-tech tools - continue to become more proactive with wildfire prevention. That has translating into more widespread shutoff warnings. Rollins fears the shutoff warnings could be her 'new normal.’

"Every time there are high winds, do I have to get a hotel? It's stressful," said Rollins.