Power might shut off Monday, 44K customers can be affected: PG&E

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Some 44, 000 consumers may be affected by the probable power shut off on Monday, PG&E said, citing a likely dry and windy situation that could trigger more fire risk as a reason.

Tens of thousands of customers were notified by the utility company on Saturday. The probable power shut-off can affect Alameda,  Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Solano and 27 more counties. Consumers in these areas were already notified by the company two days ahead, as well as the seven tribes that can be covered by the shut-off.

A possible weather system that could deliver dry, windy conditions to the northern, southern, and central parts of the regions of PG&E’s service area starting Monday morning, the company said, citing forecasts of its meteorologists. The PG&E said the possible weather system, mixed with intense to unusual drought and highly dry vegetation could produce an increased fire risk.

The company said power shut off first in parts of North Valley, Sacramento, and San Joaquin Foothills on Monday morning and in the evening, it can affect Bay Area hills, Central Valley, North Bay, North Coast regions, and Northern Sierra Foothills, according to the wind event’s timing.

PG&E said they started sending notifications to its customers through text, email, and automated phone calls starting Saturday.

PG&E said customers can visit pge.com/pspsupdates to determine whether their areas are being monitored for the possible power shut off.

“Many counties will only have small portions of expected outages, some fewer than 100 customers,” the company said through an official release, noting that the matter is still subject to change.

The utility furthered that most of the affected customers are in Solano County with 4, 559, and 423 Medical Baseline, SFGATE reported.

Other counties and expected affected customers are:

  •  Napa County: 2, 207 customers, 107 Medical Baseline customers
  • Contra Costa County: 601 customers, 40 Medical Baseline customers
  •  Alameda County: 134 customers, 10 Medical Baseline customers
  •  Sonoma: 87 customers, 1 Medical Baseline