Multiple power outages affect thousands of residents in Canyon Country

Traffic snarls on Soledad Canyon and Camp Plenty roads due to the traffic lights being out on Soledad and Whites canyon roads in Canyon Country on Wednesday, 122320

A handful of power outages reported in the Canyon Country area Wednesday morning are expected to last until Christmas morning, according to officials at Southern California Edison. 

The first outage was reported by residents near Whites Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road shortly before 10:30 a.m. 

By 10:45 a.m, the outage map for SoCal Edison showed that at least five outages were occurring in the Canyon Country area. 

High winds blow a street sign as the traffic lights remain out, snarling traffic at the intersection of Soledad and Whites roads in Canyon Country on Wednesday, 122320

Wednesday afternoon, officials at Southern California Edison said that PSPS would be affecting various parts of Canyon Country through Christmas Day. Officials had not given an official number for those that will be without power in the Canyon Country area, but said throughout L.A. County there were approximately 9,316 customers affected. 

A call regarding possible electrical wires being knocked down was reported to the Los Angeles County Fire Department at 11:10 a.m. on the 19500 block of Steinway Street. 

The call for the Steinway Street incident, according to Marvin Lim, a spokesman for the Fire Department, concerned a tree in a backyard hitting wires after it had fallen onto them due to wind. No fire was reported in the area and at 11:18 a.m. the Fire Department closed the incident, likely handing it off to SoCal Edison officials, Lim added. 

A man rights his trash can after high winds knocked it over on Steinway Street in Canyon Country on Wednesday, 122320. Dan Watson/The Signal

At 11:43 a.m, witnesses on the scene reported that SoCal Edison workers were directing traffic at Whites Canyon and Soledad due to the signal being out at the intersection. High winds were blowing street signs, and traffic was backing up for those trying to drive down the busiest street in Canyon Country. 

SoCal Edison said Tuesday that outages might occur during Public Power Safety Shutoffs in the Canyon Country area for Wednesday and Thursday, but those shut-offs were since extended to Friday. 

They accredited these possible shut-offs to turbulent, potentially fire-causing weather in the area. The National Weather Service has placed the northeast part of the Santa Clarita Valley under both a wind advisory and red flag warning until noon on Christmas Eve.

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