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Santa Ana wind conditions prompt some public safety power shutoffs in Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

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Some Southern California Edison Public Safety Power shutoffs have impacted thousands of power customers in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

Meteorologists say wind peaked early Thursday morning, but brush fire concerns will continue into weekend.

Concern about the potential for wind-driven brush fires prompted Southern California Edison to conduct precautionary Public Safety Power Shutoffs affecting thousands of Ventura and Los Angeles County residents.

About 15,000 Ventura County residents were impacted as of Thanksgiving morning by shutoffs, and another 35,000 have been notified they could experience a shutdown.

A strong Santa Ana wind event is affecting the region. National Weather Service meteorologists say the strongest wind actually happened early Thursday morning. But, the Santa Ana conditions are expected to continue, slowly tapering off moving into the weekend.

The Red Flag Warning for elevated brush fire danger in parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties is expected to remain in place at least until 6 p.m. Friday.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.