About 3,000 customers in Ventura County were without power Thanksgiving Day as Santa Ana winds swept through the region.
Southern California Edison pulled the plug on power Thursday for the third consecutive year, hampering 3,179 customers' ability to prepare meals in areas of Simi Valley, Moorpark and the Santa Rosa Valley, along a corridor adjacent to Highway 23.
About 17,000 SCE customers in the county had been notified this week of the possibility of public safety power shutoffs, said Edison spokesman Ben Gallagher. The primary areas include Simi Valley, Moorpark, Fillmore and the Santa Rosa Valley, he said.
"That, of course, could change, but that's what we're looking at," Gallagher said Tuesday.
As of Thursday morning, about 35,400 customers in Ventura, Los Angeles and Riverside counties were on alert by Edison because of high winds, according to the company's website.
The utility company has worked to upgrade lines and infrastructure to lower the risk of sparks during windy conditions. Additionally, SCE improved its ability to pinpoint areas of concern during high winds so fewer customers may be affected.
"So they're much more precise than they used to be," Gallagher said.
The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning for the mountains and valleys in the eastern portion of Ventura County from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 3 p.m. Thursday because of expected winds ranging from 30 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph possible. A less severe wind advisory is also in place for the Ventura County coast during the same time frame due to possible gusts up to 50 mph.
The winds are anticipated to last through Friday morning, according to forecasts.
Jeremy Childs is a general assignment reporter covering courts, crime and breaking news for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached at 805-437-0208, email@example.com, and on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.
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