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Escondido among cities hit by power shut-offs

Escondido is among the cities where residents could be the subject to public safety power shut-offs by San Diego Gas & Electric due to high winds.

On Wednesday morning SDG&E issued this bulletin: “Due to high winds and dangerous weather conditions we have turned off power to 16,162 customers in the communities of Alpine, Boulevard, Campo, Descanso, El Cajon (portions of), Encinitas (portions of), Escondido (portions of), Julian, Mount Laguna, Pauma Valley, Potrero, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe (portions of), unincorporated area east of San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ysabel, and Valley Center to help ensure public safety.”

As of Wednesday morning, SDG&E had already cut the power to nearly 12,000 customers, including customers in Escondido.

The strong Santa Ana winds, some of the strongest since the big wildfire of 2007, began blowing fiercely in San Diego County late Tuesday morning. 

Due to the critical fire weather conditions SDG&E notified as many as 41,000 customers in San Diego and Orange counties that they might lose electricity due to precautionary shutoffs.

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