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21:35  17 november  2019
21:35  17 november  2019 Source:   kcra.com

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it's monitoring a "potentially strong offshore wind event" Wednesday that could prompt the utility to turn off the power for customers in Northern California.

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The potential shutoffs would affect customers in the Sierra foothills, North Valley and North Bay, according to a news release from PG&E.

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

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"Both the forecast and the scope of the weather event remain very fluid three days ahead of the event. At present, projections reflect a possible weather event similar to previous PSPS events that impacted about 180,000 customers," PG&E said in the release.

"During late fall, PG&E’s service territory typically experiences dry vegetation (plants, shrubs, twigs and debris) that are ripe for igniting or spreading a wildfire. But dry vegetation conditions have worsened further due to above-average temperatures for this time of year, the lack of rain and the recent series of extreme wind events," PG&E said.

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PG&E shutting off power to 450,000 people in Northern California .
 About 450,000 people will be without power starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday as dry weather and strong winds roll through Northern California, increasing the risk of fires. The number of affected customers was cut in half from Pacific Gas & Electric’s original estimates, affecting 18 counties. The shutoffs will begin with Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and portions of Sonoma and Yolo counties, the utility giant said.

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