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California Utilities Say Wind-Driven Outages Still Possible

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California utilities are restoring electricity after intentionally cutting it to tens of thousands of people because of extreme fire danger but high winds expected to sweep the area could see more outages. Winds strong enough to down power lines have brought a renewed threat of fire scant months after wildfires devastated the north. In Northern California, Pacific Gas & Electric company cut power to about 60,000 people beginning Sunday night as a safety measure. The utility expects to have it restored for everyone Tuesday. However, gusty winds of up to 50 mph are expected to linger east and north of Sacramento. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric both say there’s a continued chance of outages, either from the wind or as a safety measure.