Olivenhain on power-cut watch as Encinitas feels Santa Ana heat

Red Flag Warning set to expire by 5 p.m. Friday


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Residents in Olivenhain could again face San Diego Gas & Electric power cuts as the region continues to face hot Santa Ana temperatures and moderate winds Friday, Oct. 25, the city of Encinitas announced via Twitter.

The temperature in Encinitas hit 86 degrees by 12:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Weather observers in the community were reporting temperatures at or just below 90. Thursday’s high in Encinitas was 91. Nighttime temperatures into early morning hovered in the 70s up to 80. Winds have been moderate both days, reaching upward of 10 to 15 miles an hour.

The record temperature in Encinitas for Oct. 25 was 95 in 1983.

SDG&E lists Olivenhain and nearby Rancho Santa Fe as potential communities that could be affected by an electricity outage should the utility cut power for safety in the event of high winds. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through 5 p.m. Friday.

“SDG&E has notified some of our residents in Olivenhain that the Santa Ana winds winds could affect the power lines that serve the region,” the city stated. “These conditions may require SDG&E to turn off the power for public safety reasons.”

The utility’s update at noon Friday still showed Olivenhain listed among the communities “under consideration” for power cuts, meaning that electricity has not been shut off but could be if needed in the next several hours. In addition to Olivenhain and Rancho Santa Fe, SDG&E also lists San Marcos, Elfin Forest and the Lake Hodges area, among other communities.

Nearly 20,000 customers in San Diego County were without power as of 8 a.m. Friday as part of SDG&E’s planned safety cuts, from Poway and Ramona to Julian and Alpine.

Weather conditions were improving enough by noon that SDG&E crews were able to begin assessing power lines in the region, according to the utility’s update.

“Improved weather conditions in portions of the county are allowing our crews to begin patrolling power lines to over 5,000 customers impacted by Public Safety Power Shutoffs,” SDGE&E stated. “When patrolling, crews are looking for safety hazards like downed lines, debris or tree branches caught on the line, or broken hardware before deeming the line safe to restore.”

Updates can be found online at www.sdge.com/wildfire-safety/public-safety-power-shutoffs.

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