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US Power being cut to 800,000 California customers to help prevent wildfires

13:50  09 october  2019
13:50  09 october  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Add Wildfires as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Wildfires news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The Diablo winds, similar to the "Santa Ana winds" in southern California , develop due to higher pressure over Nevada and lower pressure over the central California coast, according to the

Pacific Gas & Electric plans to cut power to 34 northern and central counties in state’s biggest-ever preventive outage. Two years after California wildfires , survivors poised to lose housing funds. Some of California ’s most destructive blazes in recent years were started by PG&E power lines.

Pacific Gas and Electric has begun cutting power to more than 800,000 of its California customers in an unusual move to prevent wildfires while its service area is buffeted by severe winds.

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  Wildfires rage in California as residents scramble without power Residents blasted power company PG&E for preemptively cutting off the power for more than 700,000 peopleSwaying trees and power lines would increase the wildfire threat — if the power wasn't already cut. But on Wednesday, the weather conditions prompted the state's largest power utility, PG&E, to preemptively shut off electricity to more than 700,000 customers.

A Northern California utility says it will shut off power to more than 800 , 000 customers in 34 counties to reduce the risk of wildfire amid dry, windy She lost power twice after PG&E cut power to thousands of customers to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during warm, windy weather.

(Reuters) - Power provider PG&E Corp's (N:PCG) unit said on Tuesday it would cut off power for nearly 800 , 000 PG&E, which filed for bankruptcy protection this year, had said it would significantly expand the practice of shutting off power to communities at risk of wildfire when conditions demand it

The raging winds, referred to as "Diablo winds," will be coming from the northeast with gusts as high as 55 mph.

The utility's decision to curb electricity supplies proactively comes nearly a year after the "Camp Fire," the deadliest fire in state history, killed 86 people and destroyed nearly 20,000 structures in Butte County.

PG&E officials said early Wednesday morning that they had begin shutting off power to approximately 513,000 customers in the areas of Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.

An additional 234,00 customer were due to have their power cut around around noon Wednesday in the areas of Alameda, Alpine, Contra Costa, Mariposa, San Joaquin, San Mateo and Santa Clara. At that point officials said they would consider a third phase of cuts affecting approximately 42,000 customers in locations to be determined.

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  California adds new rules for planned power shutoffs under laws signed by Newsom Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday to tighten the rules for utility power shutoffs as California grapples with more frequent planned outages when potentially dangerous wildfire conditions exist.The new requirements call for investor-owned utilities to create plans to lessen the effects of outages on customers with sensitive medical needs and notify all emergency responders, healthcare providers and public safety groups within an outage area. The laws are among roughly two dozen bills related to wildfires that Newsom has signed into law this year.

Pacific Gas and Electric hopes cutting power may prevent raging wildfires . With strong, dry winds expected to tear through vast portions of California on Wednesday, the power supply to more than 800 "We want our customers to be aware that, based on this number, it could take several days to

Power is set to be cut off for around 800 , 000 homes, business and other locations in Northern California , in an attempt to prevent wildfires . With weather forecasts predicting high winds, the move is intended to prevent the risk of fallen power lines from igniting the kind of wildfires that have

"The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event," Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations, said in a statement. "We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire."

The Diablo winds, similar to the "Santa Ana winds" in Southern California, develop due to higher pressure over Nevada and lower pressure over the central California coast, according to the National Weather Service. The agency also has issued red flag warnings across much of Northern California.

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800,000 Californians could be without power by the end of the day

  800,000 Californians could be without power by the end of the day By the end of the day, more than half of all California counties could be without power. In an attempt to prevent wildfires, the state's largest utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is rolling out a planned power outage. Once fully implemented, it will leave an estimated 800,000 customers in the dark and span from Silicon Valley to the Sierra. Why cut the power? It's become evident that overhead power lines are to blame for some of California'sIt's become evident that overhead power lines are to blame for some of California's worst wildfires. Sparks from those power lines have ignited some of the largest and most deadly fires in recent history, including the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

Power provider PG&E Corp's unit said on Tuesday it would cut off power for nearly 800 , 000 customers across northern and central California to reduce wildfire risk. The utility filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

Power provider PG&E will be cutting power off for nearly 800 , 000 customers in California to reduce the risk of wildfires after reports of severe wind warnings. PG&E said it will turn off power to 800 , 000 customers - that means millions of people - in 34 counties in northern, central and coastal California .

PG&E warned many of its customers they should expect to be without power early Wednesday morning through Friday morning, as weather models show the winds may be the strongest the area has seen in nearly two years.

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Southern California may be facing a similar situation, according to Southern California Edison, that region's utility.

Counties currently under watch include Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles.

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San Francisco's BART commuter rail system told riders it doesn't expect a disruption in service, adding that it's been working closely with PG&E for the past several months to prepare for a planned outage. BART said its train operations have the "flexibility to pull power from other sections of our traction power supply system to replace power ... and critical systems such as tunnel fans are also protected by a combination of installed and portable generators."

PG&E said it will continually update customers through calls, texts and emails, as well as via social media and wider media reports.

Customers have been encouraged to stockpile a week's worth of food and water and have plenty of batteries to keep electronics fully charged.

ABC News' Bonnie Mclean contributed to this report.

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