The Latest (Thursday, Oct. 22):
Pacific Gas and Electric has lowered the number of counties impacted by this latest round of power shutoffs to seven. That number is down from 15 counties and roughly 37,000 customers.
The counties affected are: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, Shasta, Tehama and Yolo. Customers in those seven counties have already had their power turned off, according to PG&E’s website.
Humboldt and Trinity counties were still part of Public Safety Power Shutoff earlier Thursday but have since been removed. The customers in the two northernmost counties on the list were meant to have their power shut off by PG&E Thursday night.
Original story below:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Pacific Gas and Electric posted to its website that it will shut off the power to portions of 15 counties starting Wednesday evening.
On PG&E’s “Future PSPS Outages” map, the utility estimates the shutoffs will begin around 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, impacting areas of Shasta County first.
Some shutoffs displayed on the map will start in the early morning hours of Thursday.
PG&E estimates the power will be restored late Friday night around 10.
Roughly 54,000 customers in 19 counties and two tribal communities were warned that their power could be shut off in notifications sent on Monday and Tuesday.
Now, the utility says only about 37,000 customers in the following counties will be impacted: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Napa, Plumas, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity and Yolo. Lassen, Solano, Stanislaus and Yuba counties were removed from the list.
“Due changes in the weather forecast, the number of customers expected to be impacted has decreased by 31 percent,” the utility wrote in Wednesday’s news release.
PG&E will also open 21 community resource centers for those impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.