Good News From PG&E If You Live/Work In The Sierra Foothills

The Sierra Foothills got lucky this time around

By Marilyn Nelson on November 20, 2019
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Pacific Gas & Electric says they no longer expect to shut off the power today (11/20) in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Yuba and western Sonoma counties.

With windy weather conditions improving, PG&E gave the good news to 83,000 customers in the affected areas that they won’t be losing their power today.

PG&E still says customers in Butte, Plumas, Tehama and Yuba counties could still see their power shut off. 

“The weather models in advance of this wind event were extremely variable — showing the possibility for either a rain event or a dry offshore wind event. Given what we knew 48 hours out — which is when we want to first alert customers about a possible PSPS — power lines serving about 300,000 customers met our criteria for shutoff,” PG&E said in a statement, reported by KCRA 3. “With the changing weather conditions in real time, lines serving about 83,000 customers no longer meet our criteria for shutoff. We received precipitation in these areas and are observing high humidity levels from weather stations there.” 

The Bay area wasn’t so lucky. Tens of thousands of customers in the Bay area and Northern California are without power until the utility company decides it’s safe to turn it back on.

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