San Diego Gas and Electric widens power outages due to red flag warning

Posted at 9:02 AM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 02:39:15-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Gas and Electric said Tuesday night that the company has started work to restore power in certain areas. 

The company says wind in certain parts of the county has died down and employees are beginning to inspect power lines before turning power back on. 

To see when SDG&E expects to turn power back on in your area, click here. 

The company shut off power to nearly 30,000 customers Tuesday morning due to a public safety shut-off or unplanned outages due to high winds, the utility company reported.  By Tuesday night, that number dropped to about 18,600 customers.

"Before nightfall (Tuesday), we worked to expedite the process to begin restoring power to some customers impacted by today’s strong weather event. SDG&E crews and contract firefighters helped patrol power lines to ensure they were safe and free of debris, so we could begin safely restoring power. This same process will begin at daylight (Wednesday), starting with areas of the county that are not expected to see high wind speeds (on Wednesday)," an SDG&E spokesperson told 10News in an email.

“We recognize how inconvenient it is to be without power. Public safety is our highest priority and we appreciate everyone’s patience throughout the duration of this extreme weather event,” SDG&E officials wrote in a blog.

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The majority of the power outages were in East County communities, where SDG&E opened resource centers to provide charging stations, water, and food.

  • Mountain Empire High School Gymnasium, Campo
  • Potrero Resource Center, Potrero
  • Camp Oliver Lodge, Descanso
  • Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center, Campo
  • Whispering Winds Catholic Camp, Julian
  • Dulzura Community Center, Dulzura

The resource centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the duration of the outage.

The SDG&E outage map, which had been operating early Tuesday morning, failed by about 10 a.m.

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