LOS ANGELES - As the Santa Ana winds return to the Southland, red flag warnings have been issued across Southern California this week.
A red flag warning is in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with the exception of those living in the Antelope Valley, through noon Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Both counties could see up to 60 mph gusts, with the mountains and foothills getting the strongest winds, according to NWS.
Potential impacts from the strong gusts will be hazardous driving conditions, downed trees and powerlines and rapid growth of new fires, according to NWS.
As for Wednesday's forecast, FOX 11 Meteorologist Rick Dickert said a low-pressure system to the southwest of California will produce considerable middle and high-level clouds. Highs during the day could be between 65°F to 75°F.
As crews prepare for the possible fires, Southern California Edison turned off power to thousands of customers to prevent power lines from starting fires.
SCE says customers from the following counties will be under consideration for temporary power shutoffs*:
- Kern: 8,783
- Los Angeles: 20,675
- Orange: 9,641
- Riverside: 41,281
- San Bernardino: 27,570
- San Diego: 0
- Ventura: 55,912
*= information taken from SCE
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