The Latest (Tuesday, Oct. 20):
Pacific Gas and Electric said in a Tuesday release that it may need to shut off power to an additional 4,000 customers, bringing the total for this week’s potential Public Safety Power Shutoff to roughly 54,000 customers.
The majority of those who could be impacted by another round of power shutoffs live in Shasta, Butte and Tehama counties.
If they do happen, PG&E said the shutoffs could start Wednesday evening.
|County||Customers||Medical Baseline Customers|
|Contra Costa County||536||45|
|Santa Clara County||236||9|
|Cortina Rancheria Tribal community||8||1|
|Grindstone Rancheria Tribal community||49||3|
Original story below:
(KTXL) — A week after Pacific Gas and Electric turned the power off to tens of thousands of customers, many of those same customers could experience another round of planned outages.
PG&E said Monday it had sent notifications to roughly 50,000 customers in 19 counties and two tribal communities warning them there could be another Public Safety Power Shutoff event starting Wednesday night.
“Hot and dry conditions combined with expected high wind gusts pose an increased risk for damage to the electric system that has the potential to ignite fires in areas with dry vegetation,” PG&E wrote in Monday’s release.
The utility says its meteorologists expect the strong winds that could affect the northern Sacramento Valley, northern Sierra Nevada, North Bay mountains and Mt. Diablo to die down Friday morning.
Counties that could potentially lose their power for around 12 daylight hours are: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Napa, Plumas, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.
About 41,000 customers had their power turned off last Wednesday amid a Red Flag Warning. The number of customers and counties that would be impacted by PG&E’s power shutoffs fluctuated throughout the week. By Friday night, the electricity was turned back on to everyone.