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Wind Drops, Brush Fire Danger Eases on Central, South Coasts But Some Power Blackouts Continue


A strong wind event hitting the Central and South Coast has eased, but some people are still without electricity due to precautionary power shutoffs.

Red Flag Warnings for dangerous brush fire conditions were cancelled Wednesday morning.  Parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties were still experiencing wind in the 35 mile an hour range midday Wednesday, but it’s been gradually decreasing.

At one point, more than 140,000 power customers were notified in the region they might experience intentional public safety power shutdowns.

About 30,000 were actually impacted.   The number of customers experiencing outages was reduced to about 12,000 in Ventura County by late Wednesday afternoon. 

Another 20,000 in Ventura County are still on notice they could still face outages.  Power was restored to more than 700 impacted PG&E customers on the Central Coast by midday Wednesday.

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.