Strong winds cause Lodi power out­ages

With winds hit­ting 47 mph, tree branch falls and hits over­head power lines

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Oula Miq­bel

As high winds whipped through Lodi on Sun­day, sev­eral res­i­dents found them­selves with­out power through­out the day.

At 6:30 a.m. Sun­day morn­ing an out­age af­fect­ing 1,187 Lodi Elec­tric Util­ity cus­tomers was re­ported.

“Strong winds caused a tree branch to come into con­tact with the over­head dis­tri­bu­tion lines near Holly Drive. This caused the sub­sta­tion cir­cuit breaker to open and clear the fault con­di­tion,” Lodi Elec­tric Util­ity Di­rec­tor Jeff Berkheimer said.

Wind speeds in Lodi peaked at 47 miles per hour ac­cord­ing to Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Dave Sa­muel of Ac­cuweather, a pri­vate fore­cast­ing firm.

The util­ity sent staff to ad­dress the out­age. They trimmed tree branches af­fect­ing a pri­mary con­duc­tor on the 1500 block of Holly Drive.

Berkheimer said res­i­dents were no­ti­fied about the out­age at 7:02 a.m. through the Elec­tric Util­ity’s Civic Plus platform.

“All res­i­dents were back in power at 7:52 a.m. that morn­ing,” Berkheimer said. “With the ex­cep­tion of the one tree branch con­tact­ing our over­head lines due to wind, there were no other re­ported out­ages or dam­age to our in­fra­struc­ture.”

Sa­muel said the wind speeds were brought on by a strong up­per-level dis­tur­bance — wind speeds that form as a re­sult of low and high-pres­sure dif­fer­ences above the ground — off the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia coast.

“That in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion process will also add to the storm’s cold air sup­ply as lower heights trans­late to a colder air­mass,” Sa­muel said.

Although wind speeds sub­sided yes­ter­day, an­other up­per-level dis­tur­bance is ex­pected to blow through Lodi later this af­ter­noon, Sa­muel said.

“The wind speeds are ex­pected to set­tle in the 20 to 30 mile per hour range,” Sa­muel said.

Lodi Parks, Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Ser­vices staff will mon­i­tor the wind speeds and weather re­ports in an ef­fort to pre­vent any ac­ci­dents in the cities parks.

This fol­lows on the heels of an Oak Tree fall­ing in the na­ture area of Lodi Lake, near Pig Lake, which led to the clo­sure of the park, Parks Di­rec­tor Jeff Hood said.

“Once wind speeds reach 20 miles per hour we close the en­try gate to the lake. Although the lake is not locked, we hope peo­ple will see the closed gates and not en­ter the lake,” Hood said.

The winds could also cause prob­lems for fire­fight­ers in Sonoma County, who are try­ing to put a stop to the Kin­cade, which broke out Oct. 23. The fire grew al­most 12,000 acres overnight into at least 96 struc­tures that have been de­stroyed, in­clud­ing 40 homes, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les Times.

“High winds with low hu­mid­ity is ex­pected over the next two days, which will be dan­ger­ous in parts of the state that are al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing wild­fires,” Sa­muel said.

The high winds have led to the San Joaquin Val­ley Air Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Dis­trict to is­sue a weather ad­vi­sory rec­om­mend­ing peo­ple stay in­doors and avoid ex­tended ex­po­sure out­doors — from the Smoke bil­low­ing, as a re­sult of the Kin­cade Fire in Sonoma County.

“Smoke from the Kin­cade Fire is ex­pected to im­pact the north­ern re­gion of the Val­ley later to­day, and could im­pact the cen­tral and south­ern re­gions soon after,” Val­ley Air Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Dis­trict said in a state­ment.

Smoke im­pacts are ex­pected to con­tinue un­til the fire is ex­tin­guished. Winds are ex­pected to sub­side by Thurs­day, but the Val­ley Air Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Dis­trict rec­om­mends peo­ple stay in­doors to avoid be­ing ex­posed to poor air qual­ity or wild­fire smoke.

Berkheimer said as the city an­tic­i­pates an­other wind ad­vi­sory, the elec­tric util­ity will re­main fully staffed and pre­pared for any sit­u­a­tions which may arise.

“As al­ways we urge the pub­lic to stay alert dur­ing th­ese wind events as tree branches can fall into peo­ple’s yards and road­ways cre­at­ing po­ten­tially haz­ardous con­di­tions,” Berkheimer said.

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