Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

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Update by edhat staff
November 25, 2019

As of Monday morning, SCE is monitoring areas of Santa Barbara County that may have their power cut due to the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

The areas expanding on Monday to include sections of Gaviota, Montecito, and Carpinteria towards Ventura.


By edhat staff
November 24, 2019

Southern California Edison (SCE) may shut off power for an area of Santa Barbara County on Monday.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) sent an alert to residents that SCE might turn off power to unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, starting from Paradise Rd down Turnpike Rd to More Mesa on November 25.

Approximately 4,188 customers could be affected.

To determine if you live or work in or near a potential outage area, visit sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps and input your address.

Residents are encouraged to make preparations for a possible multiple-day power outage lasting as long as 5-7 days and check on friends and neighbors to make sure they are prepared.

Those in the affected areas are encouraged to call SCE at 1-800-611-1911 with questions.

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comment349 Nov 25, 2019 02:10 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

I just called SCE and I was told my area was not under consideration for a power shut off, even though when I entered my address on the map it showed that it was. She admitted to problems with the system, so which information is correct, she couldn’t say!

SBZZ Nov 25, 2019 01:55 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

I am not saying I agree with this PSPS or that the following will happen, but in mid-Dec 1977, a strong wind event was winding down as our first rain storm of the year arrived and it spread a conflagration at Vandenberg AFB while it was raining (lightly) - a few thousand acres burned and the VAFB fire chief also was killed in the situation. This was at the end of a 2-year drought, but our back country also is very dry right now.

Lucky 777 Nov 25, 2019 01:15 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Where is the SCE profit going? Bonuses and pensions, and the multiple pages of inserts in the paper bill that tell you about the hearings at which they will be requesting fee increases. Apparently more important than infrastructure upgrades.

PitMix Nov 26, 2019 01:33 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Yeah, because they will drown in pension debt, as opposed to actually drowning in the superstorms generated by climate change. Hope you have already seen Venice, because it looks like it will gone soon. Take your waders with you!

Red Creek Nov 25, 2019 03:39 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

SCE used to spend your money on their political advertising until they got sued for advertising against the Coastal Act which was on the ballot. Remember the ad campaign " don't lock up the beach" with a clanging gate -- yep your utility money. A law suit but and end to it, but SCE still continued to use ratepayer money on losing projects like purchasing Thrifty drug, instead of investing in infrastructure.

Factotum Nov 25, 2019 01:29 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

SCE is forced to invest in alternative energy development and electric car subsidies - paying for other people's Tesla and Prius cars. If you are worried about paying for other people's pensions, look no further than all your government workers -that debt is your grandchildren's real burden; not "climate change". Odd how interrelated these two issues in fact are - ignoring public pension debt but screaming loudly about climate change.

EastBeach Nov 25, 2019 10:25 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Looks like I'll have to stop procrastinating on the rain gutter cleaning. Hope I don't get blown off the roof (just kidding).

pstarSR Nov 25, 2019 09:05 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

"hey guys, wanna piss some people off?" ::::: SCE officials flip a coin ::::::: " Ok monday we do another power shut off warning, even though rain is forecast. This will really confuse them

a-1574700638 Nov 25, 2019 08:50 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Oh, just great. What is the concern about this if we will be getting an inch of rain or more perhaps a lot more in the higher elevations where the strongest wind are. It wold seem the risk of widespread fire is significantly reduced. This seems a bit anxious. 5-7 days with no power?

We have solar and a large battery so it would not inconvenience us much but I do feel sorry for those who have holiday plans and the power is off. Particularly true if there are out of town guests.

a-1574707593 Nov 25, 2019 10:46 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

YinYang--we have solar and just installed Tesla Powerwall batteries which now seem available in the area (Ventura Tesla Approved Installer [Pacific Electric] had immediate access whereas SB still had delays).

yin yang Nov 25, 2019 09:07 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

I have solar through a PPA and NO battery. May I ask who your battery provider is? Or did you do it all yourself?

BigDD Nov 25, 2019 08:39 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

This is the first I've heard about possible power shutdowns---so much for being registered for SCE's alerts. Thanks Edhat for keeping us informed!

a-1574694812 Nov 25, 2019 07:13 AM
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Rain Forecast (I was expecting Wed-Thurs, the LA forecast). From NWS forecast: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tuesday Night [WED. MORNING] Rain, mainly after 4 am. Low around 45. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%. --------------------------------------
Wednesday Rain before 10am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. High near 61. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Wednesday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 41. Chance of precipitation is 80%. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thanksgiving Day Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 58. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Thursday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

SBWoman Nov 25, 2019 07:11 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

I thought power could only be turned off with sustained winds of 50mph or more , not simply wind gusts. Who made the power shut-off rules, and what are they?

a-1574685558 Nov 25, 2019 04:39 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
.National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
325 AM PST Mon Nov 25 2019.

Santa Barbara County South Coast-
Including the cities of Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Carpinteria.

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 3 AM PST
TUESDAY...

* WHAT...North winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph
expected.

* WHERE...Santa Barbara County South Coast.

* WHEN...From noon Monday to 3 AM PST Tuesday.

a-1574698872 Nov 25, 2019 08:21 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

I buy "Asian" noodles but usually have some instant ramen in the cupboard. I'd forgotten how damn good the "creamy chicken" Maruchan brand is. It's the only ramen I've ever used the full flavor packet with. I add veg and egg always. (Cabbage keeps for weeks in the fridge and is great in ramen; same with onion.) Ah ha. It's listed under soup base as "powdered cream substitute" -- it's basically savory powdered coffee creamer. I like that crap too. No wonder it tastes and feels good. ;-) I do have miso paste in my fridge, and usually make non-ramen noodle broth with that. Enjoy your noodles, Roger!

winter Nov 24, 2019 06:07 PM
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I have my Thanksgiving receipts, from a local store....
Maybe they will have a nice buffet for us ...at the office....if we lose everything !

a-1574643340 Nov 24, 2019 04:55 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Big weather this week, including heavy snow on #5, and will probably close. Expect traffic on #101, and hotel bookings up everywhere because people are stuck and unable to continue travel for Thanksgiving. I live near Puente/Hollister, and outside temp this morning (Sunday) at 7am was 40 degrees. I'm old. No heat this week, with cooler temps and rain. __WHO__ in our County of Santa Barbara is standing up for us. ANYONE?

ChillinGrillin Nov 24, 2019 04:46 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Edison and PG&E aren't the underlying culprits behind recent fires. Electric infrastructure in California has always been located in undeveloped areas and forests. If you hike above SB you can find a few abandoned steel power poles that look at least 80 years old. There is no way these shorter lines going through the trees were safer than the ones we have now. Climate change is here whether people want to see it or stick their head in the sand. Either way, the tides and thermometers are rising.

oceandrew Nov 25, 2019 02:07 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

8:06 AM... what are you implying? That the infrastructure be moved? Or that the forests surrounding the infrastructure be cut down and the undeveloped areas be commercially built up? Apart from the scapegoating you're not making any sense.

RHS Nov 25, 2019 08:36 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

I think the point you are making is that we have, historically, never had these intense and destructive fires with the frequency and loss that we have experienced in the last few years. This despite the presence of electric transmission systems for decades. The problem is drier forests and higher winds and people living in or closer to the fire zones. Blaming SCE or PGE is just searching for scapegoats to avoid our personal and community responsibility to deal with the world as it actually now is.

a-1574640848 Nov 24, 2019 04:14 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

I’ve said it before.... We pay really high utility rates, and still these people (SCE) can’t get their s$&t together. WTF are they doing with all our money?

a-1574640400 Nov 24, 2019 04:06 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Not to worry, the homeless out along highway 101 and the railway tracks will still be out there starting fires.

a-1574697955 Nov 25, 2019 08:05 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Whew, and I thought *I* liked to stock up! You can always grill or saute them over an outdoor fire. You sound like you'll have no problems! Hit up a good restaurant and hotel.

a-1574694856 Nov 25, 2019 07:14 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Let’s join the homeless fireside for a true Thanksgiving Creative Feast. By Thursday, the frozen shrimp in my freezer will be thawed. I’ can bring 10 dozen shrimp and cranberry sauce with pop-top lids.

MountainMan4865 Nov 24, 2019 03:09 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

That's awesome. We had a surprise outage last Saturday the 16th, which was reportedly a rush job of the 12 hour outage we were slated for yesterday the 23rd. Lost our power, which also knocks out the entire phone system for the whole area.. Then they went ahead and shut us off yesterday - for 12 hours - anyway, even after sending out notices that the outage had been cancelled. We're on day two of no phones. Gosh, hope no one needs to call 911. Thanks Edison. Thanks Frontier.

a-1574695134 Nov 25, 2019 07:18 AM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

What? My entire neighborhood’s cables are buried: and power is often out. No need for EDISON to shut it off because transformer and other equipment so old and randomly function that power just goes out. Underground cables are no protection. We run our autos to keep phones charged. Have yet to find a reliable Solar phone charger. In Thomas Fire too much smoke interference.

a-1574654334 Nov 24, 2019 07:58 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

After the paint fire we put our utilities underground. Our power rarely goes out, in fact the Thomas Fire was the first long outage we had had in 25 years. We maintain a landline with a old cord phone. It is always useable on the rare occasion the power is out.

MountainMan4865 Nov 24, 2019 06:47 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

Ah, a troll in the hood. It has nothing to do with that. In the 90's the forward thinkers of the phone company decided to reline, after the Paint Fire, with fiber optic, rather than copper wire, which carries the current to power the phone system independent of the electric company. We were put on batteries instead, which promptly died and remained dead for nearly two decades. Frontier finally replaced the batteries several years ago, only to have them tapped out after the Whittier Fire. They are now totally dead. Not a 'rural' issue, and infrastructure issue. Nice try, though.

a-1574636911 Nov 24, 2019 03:08 PM
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I am in the potential shut off area and the conditions they are predicting happen all the time in my neighborhood. A quarter of the year it’s windy, warm/ hot with low humidity. If they shut the power down every time we experience these conditions SCE is going to lose a lot of customers to solar power. In the 50 years I’ve lived in this neighborhood, with all the wind, a fire has never been started from a power line issue only arson...

shorebird Nov 24, 2019 02:49 PM
Possible Planned Power Outage on Monday

I’m in the target area, as are the majority of my family members. Looking at warm Diet Coke and cookies for Thanksgiving. Yum.

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