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US PG&E: Power could be shut off for 800,000 customers

00:10  09 october  2019
00:10  09 october  2019 Source:   kcra.com

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is warning customers that the utility may shut off power to portions of 34 California counties this week because of a potentially widespread wind event.

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The potential Public Safety Power Shutoff could impact nearly 800,000 customers across Northern and Central California, the utility said Monday night.

The strong and dry wind event, forecast for Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon, could impact much of PG&E's service area, which includes northern, coastal and Bay Area counties. The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for midweek.

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"If PG&E decides to implement a PSPS, the company expects to begin turning off power for safety early Wednesday morning," the utility said Monday night.

Areas that may be impacted include: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Kern, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Tuolumne, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba counties, according to PG&E. (Can't see the map below? Tap here)

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The potential shutoffs are part of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff Program, which is designed to reduce the threat of wildfire that could be sparked by lines brought down in gusting winds.

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"Our meteorological and operations teams continue to actively monitor the weather and this evolving situation, and we are working directly with state and local agencies to help prepare our customers and the public for this safety event,” said Michael Lewis, Senior Vice President, PG&E Electric Operations, in a statement. “We want our customers to be aware that, based on this number, it could take several days to fully restore power after the weather passes and safety inspections are completed.”

Customers can access the very latest on the potential power outages and a list of the community resource centers by visiting the Public Safety Power Shutoff updates page.

PG&E provided a potential outage map of areas that may be impacted by the PSPS. The areas that could be impacted are highlighted in blue. Zoom in to see if your home or business could be impacted by the power shutoff below. (Can't see the map? Tap here)

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