SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

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Update by an edhat reader
September 7, 2019
 
6:45 p.m.: Painted Cave, Trout Club and the surrounding mountain communities are without power.  It is unknown if this is the planned outage for the 'wind event' or a result of the wind.  
 

Update by City of Goleta
7:30 p.m., September 7, 2019

The City of Goleta has been notified that due to weather conditions, SCE has shut off power this evening in the Gaviota area of Santa Barbara County. This includes:

  • Unincorporated area from Gaviota to Point Conception
  • Unincorporated areas west of Goleta

At this time, SCE cannot provide an estimate of restoration time. Power will be restored as conditions improve, crews conduct inspections, and determine it is safe to re-energize lines.

The following areas of Santa Barbara continue to be monitored for a potential Public Safety Power Shut-Off (PSPS):

  • Unincorporated areas near Gaviota
  • Unincorporated areas near Gaviota
  • Unincorporated areas near Las Flores Canyon

SCE is deploying a Community Outreach Vehicle equipped with backup power so that customers can charge their personal mobile devices and continue to receive updates about the outage. Water and snacks will also be available to customers. The vehicle will be stationed at Girsh Park located at 7050 Phelps Road in Goleta, and will be open from 9:00 p.m. to midnight tonight (September 7), and 7:00 a.m. to midnight tomorrow (if outage continues).

There are currently no areas within Goleta City limits that are being monitored for a PSPS. However, the shut-off could have residual impacts and is a good reminder to be prepared should a PSPS occur within City limits. 

Visit the SCE website for more information: https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps.

Helpful resources include:


Update by City of Goleta
September 6, 2019
 

The City has received updated information on SCE’s potential Public Safety Power Shut-offs in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. They are continuing to monitor weather conditions. The area in “Noleta", between the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta from Paradise Road down Turnpike Road to More Mesa, is no longer under consideration for a power shut-off.

However, the area between Dos Pueblos Canyon Road and Gaviota and along Refugio Road and Highway 101 north of Goleta is still under consideration, as are areas further north.

Again, no Public Safety Power Shutoffs have been initiated by SCE at this time.

Visit the SCE website for more information: https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps.

While this potential Public Safety Power Shut-off doesn’t impact Goleta directly this time, residents should be informed of what to do if a Shutoff were to occur in their area and takes steps to prepare now.

Here are some helpful resources:

Stay current by following the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management on Twitter at @SBCountyOEM.


By edhat staff
September 5, 2019

Southern California Edison (SCE) is considering a Public Safety Power Outage on Friday and Saturday within Santa Barbara County.

An alert was sent out to Goleta and Noleta residents warning them of the potential outage. An edhat reader reports they received an "aware and prepare" which stated the following:

Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified the public this afternoon that it is considering turning off power to certain areas in Santa Barbara County later this week.  One outage may occur between Dos Pueblos Canyon Road and Gaviota and along Refugio Road and Highway 101 north of Goleta on Friday (September 6).  Another outage may occur in the “Noleta” area between the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta from Paradise Road down Turnpike Road to More Mesa on Saturday (September 7).  More information will be provided as it becomes available.  If you live in or work in or near these areas, you should make necessary preparations for a possible multiple day power outage.  Call SCE directly at 1-800-611-1911 or visit www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps with questions related to this potential outage. For tips on how to prepare, go to ReadySBC.org and click “Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS).

SCE's website states the Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are due to weather conditions that may create the potential for elevated fire risk. Currently, 4,600 customers are "under PSPS consideration."

Maps listed as area 1-4 draw out where these apparent shutoffs may occur:

  • Area 1 Map depicts a large section surrounding Highway 154 leading through Turnpike and the More Mesa area.
  • Area 2 Map shows a parcel of land where Cathedral Oaks Road dead ends by Maria Ygnacio Creek in Goleta.
  • Area 3 Map illustrates the majority of Painted Cave Road and the Painted Cave community
  • Area 4 Map includes a large area of Highway 101 from Dos Pueblos Canyon to Gaviota.

 

According to the City of Goleta, SCE has not yet made the decision whether the PSPS will take place, but it could lead to multi-day power outages during extremely hot, dry, and/or windy weather. A PSPS outage will last as long as the potentially dangerous weather conditions exist, plus the amount of time it takes for power company workers to inspect and repair their equipment in the affected area(s).

Residents should be prepared for a power outage that could last 3-5 days.

Below are some resources:

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a-1569191599 Sep 10, 2019 09:47 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

CATPOWER, you should go meet up with people downtown, eastside and westside, who seem to be without power once a week. Organize. Document. Talk to City Council and County Supervisors and give evidence of failure of service. Someone in County Government signs a contract of service with Edison, and over the hill with PG &E. So it seems that someone in the County isn't up to the job.

CatPower Sep 09, 2019 06:58 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

As a longtime resident living off the 154 near the top of the pass, I've become infuriated with these constant power outages in the mountain communities. For those not in the know, power outtages have been seemingly never ending for the last year or so. Seems like once a week at this point, the power is out all day. And now, they just shut power off whenever it's hot or windy??? How about actually fixing the problem areas so there is no risk of downed power lines? Furthermore when the power is out, the cell phone tower goes down, so no one on the mountain has access to phone or internet. We are sent back to the stone age. What if a fire did break out? No one would even know until they saw flames or smelled the smoke. Firefighters would be scrambling to warn and evacuate people instead of concentrating on fighting the fires. Also every property up here relies on an electrically powered well and water system, hopefully with the tank above your house so you can at least have gravity on your side. If your water tank is below the level or your house, guess what? You have NO WATER! We also cannot run our fans or AC (if you're lucky enough to have one) on brutally hot days which, is only an annoyance to me, but could potentially lead to elderly people or small children succumbing to heat stroke. SCE needs to stop treating us like 2nd class citizens. Get your shit together and fix this broken infrastructure please!

Shasta Guy Sep 08, 2019 01:15 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Current Status per SCE PSPS: Current Status, Effective: Sept. 8, 12:25 p.m. Current Status Communities # of Customers Power shut off due to PSPS* Santa Barbara County Unincorporated areas west of Goleta Unincorporated areas from near Gaviota to Point Conception 632 ***** The maps do not have many labeled features on them. It looks it’s from Dos Pueblos Canyon Rd all the way Point Conception.

TWOSCOOPS Sep 08, 2019 08:47 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Edhat, good idea SHASTA GUY has for a debrief of this first turnoff of our power. Maybe someone could review these 188 comments, too (as of 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning). Also, there are 20, 938 reads of this thread, so it's pretty clear there's interest.

a-1569191599 Sep 08, 2019 10:16 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

If you want instant and pretty much continuous information there are several sources on Twitter - including PIO's for Goleta and SB, VC Scanner, SB Scanner, sherriffs, news you name it.

Shasta Guy Sep 08, 2019 06:51 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

It looks like John got a regular outage last night. The SCE PSPS website says that the two areas west of Goleta still have their power out, but the outage map says there is no power outage. SCE’s right hand needs to ask the left hand what’s going on. The weather alerts are still in effect through tonight, so we’re not done with this yet. It would be great if Edhat put together a thread where we can debrief this first PSPS event. Undoubtedly there will be more of them impacting more people for longer periods of time.

a-1569191599 Sep 08, 2019 12:09 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

On the Lower Riv it's past midnight now and we haven't had a puff of wind. I know, because, to let in cool air during this warmer weather, I like to keep all doors wide open until late at night. (Watchdog as protection.) Around 4 p.m. I did notice a couple leaves and one small bird feather had come in the open east-facing door. Not a typical event. But never felt a bit of wind and I was outside off and on, throughout the day.

a-1569191599 Sep 08, 2019 07:56 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

There was zero wind in DT SB, but we drove through Gaviota and the wind was blasting all the way into Goleta for the most part. Fairly large temp differentials as well, went all the way down to low 70s as we drove into SB. Be glad we did not have the wind here because if that had happened, we'd be dealing with an outage too.

John Wiley Sep 07, 2019 11:40 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Outage number: 1004501 - Zip Code: 93110 - Repair Outage Last Updated: 10:59:36 PM Today - Estimated Restoration: Most up by 10:30:00 AM Tomorrow - Outage reported. In Progress. - Customers Affected: 2586

a-1569191599 Sep 07, 2019 11:24 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Hodgepodge brought to you by Edison...but, hey, they're passing out free water over, way over, at Girsh Park, Sunday. Be there or be square.

John Wiley Sep 07, 2019 11:21 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Outage number: 1004501 - Zip Code: 93110 - Repair Outage Last Updated: 10:59:36 PM Today - Estimated Restoration: Most up by 10:30:00 AM Tomorrow - Outage reported. In Progress. - Customers Affected: 2586

John Wiley Sep 07, 2019 10:57 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

SCE Outage Site: Repair Outage Last Updated: 10:20:25 PM Today Estimated Restoration: Most up by 12:30:00 PM Tomorrow Outage reported. In Progress We are determining the cause. Repair crew on the way. Crews are performing repairs. Power restored. Reason for Outage: Analyzing Problem Customers Affected: 635 Unincorporat... 93105

a-1569191599 Sep 07, 2019 10:53 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Power Out-154 @ Foothill. Sudden total outage at about 10:40, so probably a utility shut off rather than line down. Wind relatively light, but earlier we saw a forecast for strong wind at 10. AM that is. :( Anyone else having an outage?

a-1569191599 Sep 08, 2019 12:02 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Lower Riviera: When I went to turn on a lamp it was "dead." I thought it was the light bulb. Nope. As I stood there, giving the light switch another turn, the electricity came back on. Later on, I checked our electric clock and we had only lost three minutes of power. Time: just prior to sunset.

TWOSCOOPS Sep 07, 2019 09:46 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

SHASTA GUY, I'm not sure if this "offering" by Edison is tragic, funny, ridiculous, or all the above. Girsh Park? It's behind Costco. Oy. I have a Noleta headache.

Shasta Guy Sep 07, 2019 09:30 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Here’s a little tidbit from the SCS PSPS website: ***** *SCE is deploying a Community Outreach Vehicle equipped with backup power so that customers can charge their personal mobile devices and continue to receive updates about the outage. Water and snacks will also be available to customers. The vehicle will be stationed at Girsh Park located at 7050 Phelps Road in Goleta, and will be open from 9:00 p.m. to midnight tonight, and 7:00 a.m. to midnight tomorrow (if outage continues). **** Perhaps if someone is out there they can confirm this good deed SCE is doing for us.

Shasta Guy Sep 07, 2019 08:31 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

NOAA just upped the forecast. If anything happens it probably will be after we go to bed (if at all). I haven’t felt even the slightest whisp of a sundowner here near the SB Mission: High Wind Warning URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA 600 PM PDT Sat Sep 7 2019 CAZ039-052-080400- /O.UPG.KLOX.WI.Y.0064.000000T0000Z-190908T1000Z/ /O.NEW.KLOX.HW.W.0007.190908T0100Z-190908T1000Z/ Santa Barbara County South Coast-Santa Barbara County Mountains- Including the cities of Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, San Marcos Pass, San Rafael Wilderness Area, and Dick Smith Wilderness Area 600 PM PDT Sat Sep 7 2019 ...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM PDT SUNDAY... The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect until 3 AM PDT Sunday. The Wind Advisory is no longer in effect. * WINDS...North to northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph will increase in coverage and strength through this evening to between 25 and 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph tonight. West of Goleta, higher northwest to north winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph will be likely. Isolated gusts to 65 mph will be possible between Gaviota and Refugio through tonight. The strongest winds will generally be from San Marcos Pass westward and above 1000 feet elevation.

MT Sep 07, 2019 08:42 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

It’s been blowing hard up here. Came down 154 earlier (about 6pm) and it was blowing dirt and debris everywhere. SB/Goleta was very hazy with dust. Still blowing now.

a-1569191599 Sep 07, 2019 08:17 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Any night owls on Edhat? If so, please post anything overnight that would be helpful, outages, fires, etc. I'm pretty sure we have to count on each other...

Shasta Guy Sep 07, 2019 08:09 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

The two PSPS outages west of Goleta are no longer on the outage map, so presumably those people have had their power restored.

Shasta Guy Sep 07, 2019 07:59 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Link to SCE outage map. Paste in your browser. You may need to zoom in to our area. Click the icon the scroll down for reason for outage. ****** https://www.sce.com/outage-center/check-outage-status *******

a-1569191599 Sep 07, 2019 07:53 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

SBCountyOEM, Office of Emergency Management, twitter account where you learn nothing helpful: https://twitter.com/sbcountyoem?lang=en

a-1569191599 Sep 07, 2019 07:47 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Pathetic, SBCountyOEM. Tweeted one hour ago about outage and was incomplete, nothing about #154 outage. Only west of Goleta, Naples to Jalama. Prior to the ONE TWEET, the last tweet was 8 hours ago. Way to go. I live in Noleta, and you aren't helpful! Try to get involved, and act like you care! Short of that, try being right.

Shasta Guy Sep 07, 2019 07:23 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

In looking at the SCE power outages map, the outage reported by MT is unrelated to the PSPS weather shutdown. It’s and old fashioned service disruption. The two PSPS weather outages are shown as separate incidents west of Goleta.

a-1569191599 Sep 07, 2019 07:18 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

The ham radio guy, A16YR, is posting updates on S.B. power outages, and sundowner conditions, and he will likely post if any fires start: https://twitter.com/ai6yrham?lang=en

a-1569191599 Sep 07, 2019 08:00 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Is that the ham operator Ben or whoever? Where does he live that he even has the info to share? I wonder that b/c He had some weird activity on Twitter in 2018 - several people I know who were following him saw weird tweets - he also posted something about being shut down and some people commented that they hoped that wouldn't happen and for some reason he blocked them. Strange dude. So many other Twitter sources though.

Shasta Guy Sep 07, 2019 07:15 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Per the SCE PSPS Website: Power shut off due to PSPS Santa Barbara County (648 customers) Unincorporated areas west of Goleta Unincorporated areas from near Gaviota to Point Conception Area 1 | Area 2 632 ++++++++++ They finally pulled the trigger and there are 632 customers without power. MT reported the power outage, but it wasn’t shown on the SCE site yet. Hang in there everyone. It’s current pleasant in downtown SB, but if winds pick up then they might shut more zones down.

EastBeach Sep 07, 2019 06:58 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Rode my mtn bike up Gibraltar Rd, east on ECC, then down Romero Canyon. Romero Saddle was pretty windy in the mid-to-late afternoon, I'd say 20 mph gusting to 25. East of Montecito Peak on ECC it got noticeably hot - felt like the high 80's to mid 90's.

MT Sep 07, 2019 06:32 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

So much for no shutoff in “Noleta”. The power is currently off in the 154 corridor from at least Trout Club over to Paradise.

a-1569191599 Sep 07, 2019 03:38 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

3:30pm Sat. 100 degrees El Capitan State Beach hwy 101; 95 degrees Rancho Embarcadero; 95 degrees Upper Vereda Del Ciervo; 99 degrees Holiday Hill South—all Goleta. Temps: https://www.wunderground.com/wundermap?radar=1

Shasta Guy Sep 07, 2019 03:51 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

That’s hot and the sundowners haven’t started yet. It’s about 85 downtown SB and the breezes are definitely picking up. Everyone should stay aware because it’s somewhat similar to the days of the Holiday Fire and Painted Cave Fire.

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