SDG&E plans to pull power to Julian Community

Posted at 11:39 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 14:10:29-05

JULIAN, Calif. (KGTV) – SDG&E is closely monitoring the winds in the Julian.  They are preparing to turn off power to the community if the winds get too strong creating an extreme risk of fires.

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The brought and tested a generator in town, which will be switched on if the power is turned on. It is expected to power the downtown area, along Main Street, between A Street and the RAMCO gas station.

Thursday, SDG&E reportedly shut off power to downtown Julian amid elevated wind speeds in the area.

It is a way to try and eliminate the risk of a power line getting knocked over and sparking a fire. 

An SDG&E spokeswoman says if the town is switched to generator power, “customers who are powered by the generator will experience a momentary power outage and then they will have full service with no restrictions during operation.  Those customers will also experience a short outage when it comes time to reconnect them back to the power grid.”

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SDG&E has utilized generators in the past. Ten years ago, the company used a generator was used to power part of Palomar Mountain for about two months.

At Jack’s Grocery & Deli, owner Rowait Hanko says firewood and candles were a top seller today.

“I asked (my customers), ‘why’s everyone buying candles?’” Hanko said. “And they say 'the power might be out tomorrow.'"  

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There were also people filing up on gas tanks to power their generators for refrigerators and freezers at home.

“Always good to be prepared,” Julian resident Michael Dilley said.