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Low Temperatures, Gusty Winds Forecast for Parts of Southland

Wind gusts up to 40 mph could blow snow and make driving difficult in some areas. Never approach or touch a downed power line and call 911 immediately.
By Caroline Aoyagi-Stom @SCE_CarolineA

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather and wind advisories for parts of Southern California, including Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, through Saturday.

The fast-moving storm is forecast to bring snow to the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and even in the foothills of the Cuyama Valley. The National Weather Service has advised caution for drivers around blowing snow that may make driving difficult.

In high-wind conditions, power lines may be affected and Southern California Edison advises to never touch or approach a downed power line and to call 911 immediately.

Safety Tip:

  • If you see a downed power line, do not touch it or anything in contact with it. Call 911 immediately. 

Customers may report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911 and get the latest information using the SCE outages app at sce.com/outages. Customers can also get the latest information by visiting sce.com/staysafe or at twitter.com/sce and facebook.com/sce.

Here are some other tips for high-wind conditions: 

  • Remember to check emergency supplies to be sure you have a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and fresh batteries. Do not use candles for lighting as they pose a fire hazard.
  • If you’re in a vehicle with a fallen power line on it, stay in the vehicle and remain calm until help arrives. It is OK to use your cellphone to call 911. If you must leave the vehicle, remember to exit away from downed power lines and exit by jumping from the vehicle and landing with both feet together. You must not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Then proceed away from the vehicle by shuffling and not picking up your feet until you are several yards away. 
  • Water and electricity don’t mix. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Do not step in or enter any water that a downed power line may be touching.
  • If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews. Please consult the manufacturer’s manual for operating the generator.
  • Do not use any equipment inside that is designed for outdoor heating or cooking. Such equipment can emit carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.
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