Wind-driven power outages occur countywide

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Workers work to disassemble a downed tree Tuesday, Jan. 19 in Temecula caused by high winds in the region. Valley News/Krissy Carroll photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Thousands of Riverside County residents were impacted Tuesday, Jan. 19 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,
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