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San Diego County residents bracing for possible outages as Santa Ana winds loom

Posted at 4:29 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 21:15:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County residents are bracing for planned outages ahead of Santa Ana winds moving in Thursday morning.

According to San Diego Gas and Electric, nearly 24,000 people, mainly in East County, are at risk of having their power shut off.

Residents in Alpine say they’re gearing up for possible outages.

Employees at the Alpine Beer Company told 10News when the power goes down, their protocol is to close the bar, but keep their stock nice and cool.

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“We have generators to keep the beer cold, we just can’t serve it to anyone, so it kind of affects us as workers, and also the people who just want to come and hang out,” said Robert Ogle, a bartender at Alpine Beer Company.

Northeast to easterly winds are expected to reach 20 to 30 miles per hour Thursday and Friday with gusts of 40 to 65 miles per hour.

Humidity will also plummet, reaching an average of between only 5 to 10 percent.

Meanwhile, temperatures are also expected to soar.

As a result of rising temperatures, the Coronado Unified School District declared a minimum day Thursday, meaning students go to school at the same time, but all schools will end the day at 12:30 p.m.

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The list below shows the areas SDG&E says could have their power shut off as a precaution:

  • Alpine
  • Barona
  • Barrett Lake
  • Boulevard
  • Campo
  • Cuyamaca
  • Descanso
  • East Poway
  • East Valley Center
  • Julian
  • Mesa Grande
  • Mount Laguna
  • Palomar Mountain
  • Pine Valley
  • Potrero
  • Ramona
  • Rancho Bernardo (portions of)
  • Santa Ysabel
  • Shelter Valley
  • Viejas
  • Warner Springs

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