More than 250,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers in the Bay Area will lose power starting Wednesday as the utility company plans to deliberately shut down power to mitigate wildfire risks in PG And E. Keep on reading this article for all the details –
On Tuesday Afternoon, The utility announced that it will shutoff its power to the customers in Northern and Central California and the impact will take place from Wednesday. PG And E said it would notify affected customers directly by informing them.
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A detailed 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.
Looking through the affected areas, The hilly areas of the South Bay and East Bay are especially vulnerable.
The weather this week is expected to be dry and windy, which makes the risk of a catastrophic wildfire high, PG And E officials said. The utility company wants to shut off power so its electric equipment doesn’t start a wildfire as has happened in recent years.
The timing of when certain areas will depend on local timing of the severe wind conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state, according to PG And E.
PG And E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecast-ed from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 mph, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 mph.
PG And E said Tuesday night the Bay Area will see dry conditions with low humidity through Friday, which it is calling “receptive” for fire growth.
The number of potential customers affected in each Bay Area county, according to PG&E, are –
- 32,613 customers in Alameda County
- 40,219 customers in Contra Costa County
- 66,289 customers in Sonoma County
- 32,124 customers in Napa County
- 14,766 customers in San Mateo County
- 38,123 customers in Santa Clara County
- 32,862 customers in Solano County
- Marin County TBD
Marin County customers were added to the possible outage warning on Tuesday, but PG And E didn’t immediately report a number of customers.
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