The Pacific Gas & Electic (PG&E) confirmed that around 4,700 consumers in the Bay Area would have power outages on Monday because of the high winds in the region that day, three thousand of which are situated in the North Bay.
PG&E seldom shuts off electricity as a preemptive measure to avoid fires during fire season. However, the recent power outages were not associated with their Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. The National Weather Service has said there is a risk of fires with this week’s strong winds and no rain.
Massive Power Outage
On Sunday, a wind advisory was advised between 10 p.m. on Sunday to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Officials anticipate winds to blow with speeds of 15 to 24 miles an hour throughout the Bay Area.
“Warm, dry weather will continue through Monday, along with gusty offshore winds in the hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. A strong and much more widespread offshore wind event is forecast from this evening through Tuesday morning,” said the weather service agency in its statement, KRON4 reported.
The Bay Area would not be under a PSPS, PG&E said on Sunday. Winds as strong as 70 miles an hour are expected to blow through the East Bay. Between Monday at 7:00 p.m. to Tuesday 3:00 p.m., a Red Flag Warning was implemented in some parts of Monterey County. Weather forecasts anticipate a low chance of rain near the end of the week.