Updates: New Severe Weather Warning Issued; ETUSD Schools Closed Wednesday

FRAZIER PARK, CA (March 23, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.)—Snow is coming down again throughout the Mountain Communities. Calls from Pine Mountain indicate that some people have lost power again. Visits from Pine Mountain people to The Mountain Enterprise office in Frazier Park relate a large number of broken trees that are still affecting the ability to repair power lines. Southern California Edison said that 373 homes are still without power, and that there is no ability to predict specifically when repairs will be complete. One report indicates that it could be Friday before power is repaired. Transformers that serve Pinon Pines and parts of Lockwood Valley may also down, according to reports. SCE is not providing detailed information at this time, which is a source of frustration to customers.

FRAZIER PARK, CA (March 22, 2011 at 7 p.m.)—It is confirmed that all El Tejon Unified School District Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23. Snow chain alert calls have been made to parents.

FRAZIER PARK, CA (March 22, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.)—This is a dispatch from the Kern County Fire Department:

A severe weather alert for the mountainous areas of Kern County has been issued by the National Weather Service. It is
anticipated that cold temperatures as low as 26 F with snow and ice are expected. The advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23.

The Kern County Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services recommend that residents living in mountainous areas prepare for road closures and power outages. Have an emergency kit available to sustain you, your family and pets through the next 24 to 48 hours.
Your kit should include:
●Warm clothing and blankets
●Food that can be opened and consumed without the need for using
regular cooking methods
●Water and energy drinks such as Gatorade
●Know how and where to turn off water, gas and power intakes
●Battery radio and spare batteries
●Flashlight and spare batteries
●A full tank of gas in your car
●Listen for emergency broadcasts from local news outlets
●Register with the county reverse 911 system at www.readykern.com
For more information telephone 661-330-0133 or visit www.kerncountyfire.org .

This is part of the March 18, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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