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USA Today: Here's what you need to know about the California power outages

Here's what you need to know about the California power outages

Major utilities were cutting power to millions of Californians due to predicted high winds that could down power lines and spark wildfires. Here's what you need to know. Though utilities have warned for months that preemptive cutoffs were a possibility, the outages appeared to be catching many consumers by surprise. While many Florida and East Coast residents have long learned to cope with power outages from hurricanes, weather-related outages could be considered a new phenomenon in the Golden State.