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Utility customers urged to prepare for 65 mph Santa Ana winds

December 21, 2011 | 10:04 pm

Southern California Edison on Wednesday night alerted customers to take precautions because of powerful winds that are expected to blow across Southern California.

The northeast winds, expected to begin Thursday morning, could reach 65 mph in mountain areas and 40 mph in the valleys, the National Weather Service said.

The utility reminded customers to be prepared for power outages and to stay clear of downed power lines. People should use flashlights if their power dies and not rely on candles, Edison said.

The doors of freezers and refrigerators should be kept closed to keep food as fresh as possible, the utility said, and blocks of ice can be used to keep perishables cold.

The winds are expected to last through Friday and will be the result of high pressure building over the Great Basin, the Weather Service said. The winds will peak Thursday morning and afternoon and again in the evening through Friday morning.


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