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Thousands of San Diegans left without power on Black Friday

Posted at 9:31 AM, Nov 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-26 19:38:58-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Power was restored late Friday to thousands of San Diegans who were without power, after high winds prompted power safety shutoffs on Thanksgiving Day.

As of Friday at 9 a.m., there were about 4,400 outages throughout San Diego County, according to the SDG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs website. The outages were planned power safety shutoffs “due to unsafe conditions in the area" and primarily located in the East County areas, including:

  • Alpine
  • Boulevard
  • Campo Reservation
  • Cuyapaipe Reservation
  • Descanso
  • La Jolla Reservation
  • Pala
  • Pauma Reservation
  • Pauma Valley
  • Potrero
  • Viejas Reservation

Power safety shutoffs were ordered amid a red flag warning issued from 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Friday. SDG&E announced just before 4:30 p.m. on Friday that all power had been restored to these areas.

On Thanksgiving Day, more than 5,000 SDG&E customers woke up without power due to the public safety power shutoffs. An SDG&E spokesperson reiterated that Emergency Power Shutoffs are their absolute last resort. Residents can check if their homes fall in the Public Safety Power Shutoff zone here.

One large outage of about 1,300 SDG&E customers was centered around Coronado and North Island, but not related to power safety shutoffs.