PG&E begins to Cut Power to 800,000 California Customers for up to 5 Days for Strong Santa Ana Event
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from various articles
More than 250,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers in the Bay Area will lose power starting Wednesday as the utility company plans to preemptively shut down power to mitigate wildfire risks.
On Tuesday afternoon, the utility announced will shut off power to 800,000 customers in Northern and Central California starting early Wednesday. PG&E said it would notify affected customers directly.
An interactive map on PG&E's website shows wide swaths of the Bay Area that will be affected by a PSPS, or public safety power shutoff. See the gallery at the top of this story for a selection of areas at risk.
Looking through the affected areas, you'll notice the hilly areas of the South Bay and East Bay are especially vulnerable.
Just because an area of the map is highlighted doesn't mean the power will definitely be shut off there. The map is also subject to change.
You can also zoom in and find your neighborhood on PG&E's interactive map on its website (though the website was intermittently down throughout the day). If the page loads, scroll down and find the second map.
With the looming possibility of a PG&E planned power shutdown for eight of the nine Bay Area counties this week (Marin County was added to the list Tuesday afternoon), here are some answers to the questions that the public is asking.
Q: When will the shutdown start?
A: PG&E announced Tuesday afternoon that it will begin shutting down power to areas in 34 counties in the northern, central and coastal part of the state, and that some areas will lose power just after midnight Wednesday. The power will be turned off in stages, the company said, depending on weather conditions. More than 800,000 customers statewide are expected to be powered down.
Q: Why is PG&E planning the shutdown, which will affect many as 300,000 people in the Bay Area, including 70,000 people in the East Bay?
A: High winds that are expected to move into a large swath of California mid-week have created severe fire danger. Thus, the utility company is planning possible shutdowns that could affect people in as many as 30 counties. PG&E issued the shutdown warnings Monday amid a “potentially widespread, strong and dry wind event Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon.”
Q: Where will the power be shut down?
A: PG&E on Monday evening updated its notice to say that 160,000 customers in the counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin could be affected by the shutdown, as well as 130,000 customers in Solano, Sonoma and Napa counties. The utility company has not specified the exact area in these counties that will be affected, but police departments in Fremont, Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette all put out digital alerts for their citizens to be ready.
Q: How long will the power be turned off?
A: San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo warned residents to be prepared for a shutdown in some areas of Santa Clara County that could last for a week but it hopeful it won’t last that long. PG&E has not said how long the shutdowns will last and told customers to pay attention to its site for information. The utility’s web site was down Tuesday morning. San Jose’s director of emergency services, Ray Riordan, said the city is “anticipating significant impacts. It could be up to seven days.”
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