PG&E Power Outages Could Start Tomorrow For 200,000+

Hot windy weather is being forecast across Northern California.

By Marilyn Nelson on October 22, 2019
(Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)

PG&E officials are predicting wind gusts of 55+ mph beginning late tomorrow evening through Thursday afternoon for portions of the Sierra Foothills. While the northern San Francisco Bay area could see winds between 35 and 45 mph with some 55 mph gusts in Sonoma and Napa counties. 

The National Weather Service is issuing a ‘Fire-Weather’ watch for the following counties beginning Wednesday:

  • Alpine
  • Amador
  • Butte
  • Calaveras
  • El Dorado
  • Lake, Mendocino
  • Napa
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • San Mateo
  • Sierra
  • Sonoma
  • Sutter
  • Yuba

Pacific Gas & Electric is warning customers to be prepared as they may have to shut down power to avoid setting off potential wildfires. PG&E says they’ll make a final decision whether to shut power off in the Sierra foothills and the North Bay at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Last week at a news conference, PG&E Chief Executive Bill Johnson “warned that Californians might have to get used to deliberate outages for another decade as the utility scrambles to make its power lines and other equipment more resilient,” according to the Sacramento Bee.   

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