Utilities restore power as Southern California winds ease

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Construction workers clean a large dome used as a studio production facility near Burbank Airport after it was torn apart by strong winds that swept through the area on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Burbank, California.  Santa Ana winds abated forcibly on Friday, but thousands of Southern California utility customers were left without power due to intentional power cuts meant to prevent wildfires.  (AP Photo / Richard Vogel)

Construction workers clean a large dome used as a studio production facility near Burbank Airport after it was torn apart by strong winds that swept through the area on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Burbank, California. Santa Ana winds abated forcibly on Friday, but thousands of Southern California utility customers were left without power due to intentional blackouts intended to prevent wildfires. (AP Photo / Richard Vogel)

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Santa Ana winds eased across southern California on Friday and utilities restored power to thousands of customers whose power was cut to avoid wildfires.

Seasonal dry winds produced strong gusts on Thanksgiving Day, knocking down trees and causing other damage as “public safety power cuts” in high-risk areas interrupted traditional dinners.

Winds shredded material covering a large dome built in Burbank as an entertainment content development studio for use in Las Vegas productions.

One location in Los Angeles County had an 89 mph (143 km / h) gust early Thursday, but the National Weather Service said the winds on Friday were not as strong.

No major forest fires were reported during the peak winds.

In the afternoon, the Southern California Edison website showed that the number of customers still without power had fallen to around 21,000, but power was fully restored by nightfall. San Diego Gas & Electric has restored power to approximately 1,100 customers.

Fair weather was expected throughout the weekend.

“There will be a few gusts of wind each Saturday and Sunday morning, but nothing close to advisory levels,” the weather service said.


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