LOS ANGELES (NewsNation Now) — Thousands of Southern California residents remained without power Friday after it was cut Thanksgiving Day as ongoing strong Santa Ana winds continued bringing high fire danger.
Nearly 9,800 Southern California Edison customers were blacked out in four counties as the utility turned off power to prevent electrical lines from sparking, and power shutoffs were under consideration for about 102,000 additional customers.
San Diego Gas & Electric put about 2,700 customers on notice for potential power cuts.
Red flag warnings for high fire danger went into effect on Thursday as the Santa Anas picked up speed, topping 80 mph in the San Gabriel Mountains Thursday evening, the National Weather Service said.
A gust hit 79 mph at Fremont Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains early Friday, the NWS said.
The seasonal Santa Anas heighten fire danger with the combination of powerful gusts and very dry air that reduces the moisture in vegetation and makes it easier to burn.
The winds were expected to lessen during the day but persist into the weekend.
NewsNation affiliate KTLA and the Associated Press contributed to this report.