Planned power outage sparks worries as heat wave expected to hit Santa Barbara County

Planned outage scheduled for Oct. 24

Planned power outage sparks concern ahead of heat wave

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A planned outage by Southern California Edison is not sitting well with Santa Barbara County resident Peter Marin.

Peter Marin lives in Mission Canyon, an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. He says he can leave and find a place to cool off when the power is turned off on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but he knows there are a lot of elderly residents in Mission Canyon who can't.

"It's totally insane actually to do a power outage on a day like that," said Marin.

He recently received a note at his home letting him know about the scheduled power outage -- on a day that weather forecasters say temperatures could soar above 100-degrees.

"So you get elderly people who will be in their homes without electricity, without fans, without air conditioning," Marin said. "It will be difficult to notify them if there is any fire in the neighborhood"

The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Ventura and south Santa Barbara County for Monday and Tuesday. On top of that, there is a Red Flag Warning in effect for the mountain areas of Santa Barbara County this weekend.

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"I'm tired of the inanity and absurdity of organizations that pay no attention to what they should be paying attention to, that's it," said Marin.

Southern California Edison issued the following statement:

Southern California Edison continuously monitors weather conditions and considers extreme temperatures and other factors when determining whether to move forward with a scheduled outage.

When temperatures are extreme, the company assesses the feasibility of rescheduling, deferring or mitigating outages on a case-by-case basis when there is no negative impact to the public, employee safety or service reliability. 

Notices of a rescheduled or canceled outage are generally provided one to three days in advance, whenever possible. However, unforeseen circumstances occasionally result in last-minute cancellations. Notifications are made via phone up to and including those that are canceled by noon the day before the scheduled outage. 


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