PG&E to turn off power sometime after midnight due to high winds

Yolanda Curtis
October 9, 2019

The problems began hours after the company announced it may cut power to almost 650,000 Northern California customers in an effort to mitigate wildfire risk, and hours before the utility increased that estimate to 800,00 customers and confirmed that the shutoff will take place.

"The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has chose to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event".

Fire officials and weather forecasters say the projected conditions for this week are a cause for concern.

The City of Manteca Monday emphasized that information provided by PG&E to San Joaquin County Operations of Emergency Services personnel that Manteca along with virtually all of San Joaquin County will not be impacted this time around.

The website has functioned intermittently since 1 p.m., with frequent issues observed.

PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.

Overall, based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 miles per hour, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 miles per hour. PG&E officials said they will not turn the power back on until all its equipment is inspected and repaired after the storm has passed. PG&E will not begin restoring power until the severe weather has passed, and is thus asking customers to brace for an "extended outage" that could last several days.

Talk with your doctor and plan for, medications that need refrigeration, mobility needs, and medical devices that require power.

Be sure you have enough food, ice, and water, and not to mention cash on hand.

Stock up on flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies. Never run a portable generator in the garage or in the rain, and never store generator fuel in the house.

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