Preemptive Electrical Shutoffs Are Still Possible Today, But Only in Small Portion of Pasadena

Published : Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 6:08 AM

A Southern California Edison official said Friday that the possibility remains for preemptive electrical shutoffs for parts of Pasadena and all of Altadena today if high winds materialize.

The electrical shutoffs would not affect customers of Pasadena Water and Power.

Customers were notified of the possibility earlier this week.

Southern California Edison announced it had activated its Emergency Operations Center and begun its 48-hour notifications to government officials, emergency management agencies, fire chiefs and impacted customers on Tuesday to prepare for the possibility power must be turned off “to protect the public.”

SCE serves all of Altadena but only a small portion of Pasadena located in the northeast part of the city along Kinneloa Mesa, from Kinneloa Canyon Road on the west to Pasadena Glen Road on the east.

This is the only area in Pasadena that may be impacted by a possible preemptive shutoff by SCE, a City of Pasadena spokesperson said during an earlier high wind event.

Pasadena Water and Power, which serves most of the City’s electricity needs, has not announced any possible power shutoffs related to the expected Santa Ana event.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory for most of Southern California, including Los Angeles County, the San Gabriel Valley, and Pasadena, as it predicts a strong Santa Ana wind event Thursday through Friday evening, with northeast winds at 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph.

The wind advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Friday, but the NWS said the strongest winds would be Thursday night into Friday morning in areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The NWS also raised a Red Flag warning across the mountains, valleys and coastal areas of both counties; the Pasadena Fire Department has not declared one for the City, meaning normal parking conditions are in effect.

Southern California Edison said customers whose contact information is on file with SCE will receive alerts by phone, text or email of any power shutoffs. They should make sure their contact information is correct by going to their account at under “Profile” or by calling 800-655-4555.

To see the latest information about SCE outages, go to or visit and SCE customers can also report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911.

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