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SCE expands Santa Barbara Co. areas facing possible power shutoffs

Posted at 4:23 AM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 07:30:32-04

Southern California Edison is notifying more customers along the South Coast of possible public safety power shutoffs due to high winds and increased wildfire danger.

Late Thursday night, the utility announced it would potentially turn off power to more than 6,700 customers across southern Santa Barbara County starting as soon as noon Friday and lasting up to seven days.

Santa Barbara County emergency managers are warning residents in the following areas to prepare for an extended power outage:

  • Coastal areas west of Goleta from Gaviota to Jalama Beach along the 101.
  • An area from Buena Vista Avenue in Montecito through parts of Summerland and to the intersection of Linden Avenue and State Route 192 in Carpinteria, going as far north as the end of Toro Canyon Road and mostly staying on the mountainous side of the 101.
  • An unincorporated area between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, starting from Paradise Road down Turnpike Road to More Mesa.

The warning of a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) issued Tuesday by Southern California Edison is for parts of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.

On the website, residents can look at an interactive map showing the areas at risk of a power shutoff.

County officials remind people to keep cell phones and portable chargers charged, gas tanks full, electric vehicles charges along with having non-perishable food and water on hand.

SCE has a list and maps of potentially impacted areas on its website.