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

Joanna Estrada
October 9, 2019

It may take several days to fully restore power, Michael Lewis, senior vice-president of PG&E's electric operations, said in a statement.

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.

To help reduce the risk of wildfire and keep communities safe, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced a Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS), starting as early as Wednesday, Oct. 9 in parts of western Yolo County.

The largest numbers of potentially affected SoCal Edison customers are in Los Angeles County and to the east in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for vast portions of northern California for the middle of this week, and elevated fire risk is forecast across the area starting on Wednesday.

Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric utility is considering its own shutoffs but hasn't decided.PG&E's service warning includes some of California's most populous areas, including Santa Clara County's nearly 2 million people and Alameda County's 1.7 million residents, according to state data.The blackout isn't expected to shut San Francisco's main rail service, the Bay Area Rapid Transit System.

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.

If the shutoff does occur, crews can not begin restoring power until the weather conditions subside.

PG&E's website has gone down Tuesday morning due to what the utility said was a "high volume of traffic" from people looking up information related to a possible public safety power shutoff that could affect an estimated 600,000 customers.

Some of California's most destructive blazes in recent years were started by PG&E power lines. This is done by vehicle, foot and air. Some locations require workers to travel on narrow access roads. And, at night, the company can't fly helicopters for visual inspections.

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