Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

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Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning
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Update by SBC Office of Emergency Management

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the majority of Santa Barbara County starting late Monday night (January 18) through Wednesday morning.  Wind speeds of 20-35 mph with 35-50 mph gusts are expected for the central coast and Santa Ynez Valley. For the mountains, 30-50 mph winds with damaging gusts of 60-70 mph are likely, especially Tuesday afternoon and night.

Damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and outdoor furniture. Unplanned power outages are possible. Take caution when outdoors and when driving.  Avoid hazardous activities that may cause sparks or start a wildfire.  For more information, visit https://www.weather.gov/lox/.


Source: APCD

Public Safety Power Shutoff Events and Emergency Generators

Your electrical utility company may need to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. Utility companies are referring to this as public safety power shutoffs (PSPS). If you plan on using an emergency generator to power your home or business during a PSPS event, see these postcards for tips for staying safe and compliant with State rules and requirements administered by Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD).


Planned Power Outage for South Coast

By an edhat reader

SoCal Edison is monitoring areas of Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, and Gaviota for a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) late Monday evening into Tuesday due to high winds. 

Call SCE directly at 800-655-4555 or visit http://sce.com/psps.

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notme Jan 18, 2021 02:38 PM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

I live in Goleta and got an email that said:
"The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the majority of Santa Barbara County starting late Monday night (January 18) through Wednesday morning. Wind speeds of 20-35 mph with 35-50 mph gusts are expected for the central coast and Santa Ynez Valley. For the mountains, 30-50 mph winds with damaging gusts of 60-70 mph are likely, especially Tuesday afternoon and night.
"Damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and outdoor furniture. Unplanned power outages are possible. Take caution when outdoors and when driving. Avoid hazardous activities that may cause sparks or start a wildfire. For more information, visit https://www.weather.gov/lox/."

420722 Jan 18, 2021 07:58 PM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

Once we move to all electric everything people won’t be able to charge their cars, cellphones or cook! Wow progress is awesome right?

Alexblue Jan 19, 2021 09:42 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

Have solar plus battery system, so I will be able to run my house and charge my car when you are scavenging gas from your neighbors' lawn mower. Your point is silly.

Voice of Reason Jan 19, 2021 09:56 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

Good for you Alex, what is everyone who can't afford a house, solar system with battery backup, and electric car supposed to do? I think there are more pressing matters affecting citizens of California than pushing to be the leader going all electric. Why can't we push to be the leader in public education first? How about push to be the leader in how we care for those experiencing homelessness and/or drug addiction? Why can't we push to be the leader in bringing families above the poverty line?

Alexblue Jan 19, 2021 10:38 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

VOR--couple things.

1. I figured you for a right wing, conservative, personal responsibility, property rights type of person. So you're trying to shame me for how I spend my money? Leave the class warfare at home, it's tired.

2. As a society we have the resources to do everything that you mention. We can do all of it, if, collectively, we decide to do so. But we won't, because this country is about accusations,ulating and protesting personal and corporate wealth despite the creation of a desperate and uneducated underclass and the destruction of the environment.

So, yeah, let's do it all. Stop electing corporate puppets. Also, maybe you VOR have the power to do just a little bit to help. How are you helping your community? Or are you?

Voice of Reason Jan 19, 2021 11:32 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

The country as a whole has nothing to do with why we can't achieve all of those goals as a State (we are the 5th largest economy in the world). After 20+ years of single party rule here in CA why aren't we close to achieving any of those things?

Voice of Reason Jan 19, 2021 11:36 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

"1. I figured you for a right wing, conservative, personal responsibility, property rights type of person. So you're trying to shame me for how I spend my money? Leave the class warfare at home, it's tired." Why did you figure this, because I have plenty of criticism from the single party rulers of our state? Are we no longer allowed to hold our political leaders accountable to their constituents?

a-1611086236 Jan 19, 2021 11:57 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

That holier than thou attitude comes out of people really quick around here. Excuse me Alex Blue, how dare I think about the have nots as outages become more frequent. Screw them right? Disgusting.

Alexblue Jan 19, 2021 02:42 PM
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VOR, are you seriously asking this question? Please point to the politicians out there who are willing to levy significant taxes on the rich and on the corporations in order to benefit the masses. Maybe Bernie. Other than him, no one. And you think it's a party issue? Literally LOL.

If you could ditch your class warfare bitterness I suspect we might be on the same side of the issues. Personally, I pay six figures in taxes most years. I would be HAPPY to pay more if I could be certain that money would go to real effective education, infrastructure, innovation and protecting the environment instead of maintaining massively bloated military and subsidizing corporate and one percent profit.

But it's never going to happen--at least not until the poor in this country are so completely screwed, so beaten down, so desperate that it really does turn in to class warfare in some dystopian sense. Maybe then things will change, I don't know. But in the meantime

Voice of Reason Jan 19, 2021 02:52 PM
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Just think Alex, if Hillary and the DNC didn't conspire to commandeer the nomination it would have been Bernie running for re-election in November and Trump would have just been that rich reality show guy.

a-1611126823 Jan 19, 2021 11:13 PM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

My solar is free and it saves me money. Granted, I do not yet have storage. But guess what?
WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY!

And you changed the terms of the discussion, turned it 180, and added a bunch of other topics. Nothing you said was part of the discussion!

Landlords could add solar to apartment buildings and save money on energy bills. There are subsidies out there. This change, like all, takes some effort.

Sail380 Jan 19, 2021 08:34 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

Really? Our soar panels have and automatic shutoff. Keeps the panels from back feeding into the grid and possibly electrocuting someone?

Alexblue Jan 19, 2021 09:40 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

If the solar is paired with batteries the panels will continue to feed power into the battery system so that you can run your house. Depending on the capacity of your battery system you can actually be off grid for a significant period of time. It's worth considering particularly as our electrical infrastructure is so vulnerable to wind and fire and the shutdowns that come from red flag days, etc., can be so disruptive. Also, you can get a 26% Federal tax credit.

pstarSR Jan 19, 2021 09:53 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

Alex is correct, in order to use solar while the "grid" is off. you HAVE to have a battery system installed. otherwise the Legally required Rapid shutdown, will stop linemen from being zapped by your solar when they go to fix the lines. its actually not that expensive if you price it out VOR..... and most homes I installed at were normal middle class families ( done 6 so far ). wanting to be greener.

pstarSR Jan 19, 2021 09:55 AM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

another note I forgot, inverter companies are working on using electric cars as energy storage ( and to be used ) for homes. so when you have your electric car parked at home and arnt driving it, you can use the power stored in it to power your home.

Alexblue Jan 19, 2021 10:41 AM
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Have you run the numbers on how much this type of system costs, how much it costs on a monthly basis to borrow the money to do it, and how much it can save you in electrical bills over time?

If you factor all of those things in plus the tax credit, it can be a wash after a number of years (depending on the capacity of the system).

I'm going to make a CRAAAAAZY assumption, VOR, that you have not actually done the research on the cost/savings question.

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