•   
  •   
  •   

US Millions in California may be in the dark for a week if PG&E shuts off power due to fire potential, San Jose mayor says

10:30  08 october  2019
10:30  08 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Bill Plaschke: LeBron James no longer acting like a stranger to the Lakers and their fans

  Bill Plaschke: LeBron James no longer acting like a stranger to the Lakers and their fans The man who once seemed blithely detached now sounds deeply engaged. "I'm very motivated, but I'm right now not in the talking-about-it mode, " James said with a steely stare. "I've been very quiet this summer for a reason. My mother always told me, don't talk about it, be about, it, so that's where I'm at." The man who once scoffed at a question about proving himself to Lakers fans answered a similar query with a pledge."I think as a team and myself, we need to get the Lakers back to where they're accustomed to over the years, so I'm excited about that, " he said.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced Monday it may shut off power this week in nearly 30 northern California counties in response to strong and dry winds posing a fire threat.

a close up of a brick building: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 18:  A view of the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) headquarters on June 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. California lawmakers are saying that PG&E is considering bankruptcy after a report released by Cal Fire investigators earlier this month showed that PG&E was tied to 12 California wildfires in 2017 that destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people. The fires could cost PG&E over $15 billion in fines and related liabilities.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 18: A view of the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) headquarters on June 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. California lawmakers are saying that PG&E is considering bankruptcy after a report released by Cal Fire investigators earlier this month showed that PG&E was tied to 12 California wildfires in 2017 that destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people. The fires could cost PG&E over $15 billion in fines and related liabilities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

"We would encourage residents and businesses to prepare for being without power for potentially as long as seven days," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a press conference Monday night.

Rams' Gurley once again blasts ‘Thursday Night Football’

  Rams' Gurley once again blasts ‘Thursday Night Football’ This isn’t the first time Gurley has gone off about the mid-week game. He blasted the NFL’s scheduling of Thursday Night Football last season, too. It appears that Gurley’s stance has not changed in the year-plus since he last questioned the league’s logic.He’s also not alone in this regard. Multiple NFL players have made their opinions known. The product suffers. Injuries are more prevalent. Through a 16-game season, having that short week also takes a physical toll on players.Unfortunately for Gurley and others, this is not going to change any time soon.

Nearly 2 million people could be affected if there is a shutdown Wednesday, Liccardo said, as well as about 67 schools.

The public safety power shutoff would span across northern, central, coastal and Bay Area counties, the utility company said. PG&E has previously said it's "probable" that its equipment started the 2018 Camp Fire -- California's deadliest and most destructive blaze -- when a power line touched nearby trees.

An investigation by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection found the company responsible for the fire, which killed 85 people and destroyed thousands of structures.

American Idol Alums Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner Are Married! All the Details from Their 'Rustic' Texas Wedding

  American Idol Alums Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner Are Married! All the Details from Their 'Rustic' Texas Wedding American Idol Alums Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner Marry in TexasThe former American Idol contestants (who met during their respective runs on season 16 of the show in 2018) tied the knot in Garrison, Texas, on Saturday in front of 100 guests at wedding and event venue Union Springs — and PEOPLE has all the exclusive details.

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for Wednesday through Thursday across northern portions of California, warning of "potential of rapid spread of fire" and reporting "potentially strong, damaging" winds and relatively low humidity.

"This has the potential to be the strongest offshore wind event of the year," the weather service said. "The time to prepare is now."

The city of San Jose had been preparing for a similar event since June, the mayor said.

"Some of what we need to do to get ready will in fact take years," he said. "That is ensuring we have sufficient backup power generation, establishing microgrids where we can do so, things of that nature."

In the meantime, he urged residents to shelter in place, as street lights and signals will not be working in the event of a power shutoff. He also encouraged households to create emergency plans and kits which include food and water for all family members and pets.

Late last month, PG&E shut off power to more than 48,000 northern California customers in precaution following dry and windy conditions. It was the second consecutive public safety power shutoff in that week, after the company had previously left about 24,000 customers across three northern California counties in the dark.

On September 13, the utility giant announced it had reached an $11 billion settlement with insurance companies for claims stemming from the devastating 2017 wildfires across northern California and the 2018 Camp Fire.

And in June, PG&E paid $1 billion in damages to local governments for blazes linked to its power lines and other equipment.

Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say .
Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pre-emptively cut the power but by far the largest to date in the utility's effort to prevent a deadly wildfire sparked by its power lines. But do the power shut-offs actually prevent fires?Experts say it's hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility's proactive shutoffs are to thank for California's mild fire season this year.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!