Edison considers shutoffs in SoCal, and L.A. County COVID numbers are ‘alarming’

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Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I certainly am. Winston Gieseke here, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, and I can almost smell the turkey in the oven. But first, here are some of today’s headlines in this great state of ours. We’ll be taking a hiatus tomorrow — back Friday!

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Edison considers power shutoffs in SoCal as Thanksgiving winds forecast

Winds push sand into the air near the San Gorgonio Pass, May 18, 2020.

Southern California Edison (SCE) has warned tens thousands of customers in  Southern California that it’s considering power shutoffs this week as fire weather returns to the region on Thanksgiving.

The National Weather Service says gusty, dry northeastern Santa Ana winds will kick up on Thursday and persist into Sunday. As a result, about 1.5% of the utility’s more than 5 million customers are being considered for power shutoffs on Thursday or Friday, according to SCE.

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