Thousands of Riverside County residents were impacted Tuesday by power outages stemming from fierce Santa Ana winds.
One of the larger blackouts was in the area of Bundy Canyon and Murrieta roads in Menifee, where just under 1,500 residents and businesses lost electricity shortly before 1 p.m., according to Southern California Edison.
The California Highway Patrol issued a wind advisory because of blowing dust and debris just prior to the outage. Weather monitors in the area were indicating gusts between 40 and 50 mph at the time.
Similarly, in Cherry Valley, roughly the same number of SCE customers lost power because of collapsed power lines, while in neighboring Beaumont, between Brookside Avenue and Interstate 10, close to 1,300 customers were in the dark, according to the utility.
In the Hemet area, about 1,600 SCE customers lost electricity because of the high winds, SCE reported.
In Woodcrest, just south of Riverside, about 1,400 residents and businesses in the area of Van Buren Boulevard and Washington Street lost power, and less than 10 miles to the north, in Jurupa Valley, about 1,000 SCE customers were without electricity, mostly in the vicinity of Limonite Avenue and Vista Del Verde.
No outages were reported in the Coachella Valley as of 1:30 p.m.
In the Temecula Valley, a planned outage affected nearly 900 SCE customers. Otherwise, there were only sporadic small-scale outages there.
SCE technicians were in the process of making repairs at all locations, according to the utility.
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