World News – US – Nearly half a million PG&E customers will lose power amid fire safety shutdowns scheduled for Sunday


PG&E revealed on Fridays that the power cuts planned for Sunday would take place for nearly half a million homes and businesses, or about 15 million people in the dark in 38 northern counties and from central California

Almost a third of those potentially affected, or 143,726 customers, are in the Bay Area, where all counties except San Francisco are said to experience blackouts as part of the service’s plan public

PG&E cuts distribution and transmission lines regularly to prevent further forest fires from breaking out in extremely dangerous wind conditions Rapid, dry winds expected from Sunday evening increase risk of damage to lines PG&E, because of tree branches and other wind hazards

Earlier on Friday, PG&E had increased the probability of outage for the Bay Area and most other parts of its service territory from « high » to « watchful » for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Some communities, notably Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, have received initial indications from the utility that electricity will be cut locally and are informing residents

« The power supply will be cut from Sunday at 4 pm and will be off until Wednesday morning, » Nixle alerted Moraga police. It was not immediately clear what proportion of homes to Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda would be affected

More than 16,000 homes and businesses in these cities could be affected, according to a PG&E database

Oakland could see the most customers out of power, with 23,949 potentially out of power, followed by Santa Rosa with 15,053 and Orinda with 7,642 Thousands in unincorporated parties counties of Sonoma and Napa are also slated for blackouts

The strongest winds of the year are expected to hit the region this weekend, raising fears of widespread damage and the risk of wildfires

The National Weather Service issued a red flag for the entire Bay Area starting Sunday morning or evening, depending on location Meteorologists say fire conditions could be the worst of the season as a Extremely low humidity combines with high winds The weather service says winds of up to 70 mph are expected at altitudes above 1,000 feet in the mountains of North Bay, East Bay and Santa Cruz Urban parts of the bay area, including San Francisco, could also see wind gusts to around 35 mph

No wonder @ PGE4Me hoisted a PSPS watch for most areas between Sunday and Tuesday.I feel like this power outage will impact a large segment of Bay Area customers, so plan accordingly #cawx #CAFire picTwittercom / nDtYq3ZEhr

Residents and businesses brace for power outages Claudio Cravero, operations manager at Tutu’s Food and Drink, a restaurant and market in Lafayette, said he hoped despite the Nixle alert that the power would stay lit Tutu bought a generator in June and will use it to maintain food storage in the event of a power failure, but it will have to get closer to customers if PG&E cuts power, Cravero said

« We will lose money if we are without power for two or three days, and the employees will run out of income, » Cravero said, noting that Tutu employs 75 people. « Not a good situation »

Earlier this week, PG&E canceled fire prevention power outages in the Bay Area, although other parts of northern California were affected

Shwanika Narayan is an economics reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, covering the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on small businesses, retail and the industry’s workforce She was previously a reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal, covering manufacturing and commerce Previously, she worked as a video news producer at AJ and worked freelance with NBC News magazines, Quartz and Hyphen, writing on the asian american identity Shwanika holds an MA in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School and a BA in Political Science from UCLA

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World news – United States – Nearly half a million PG&E customers will lose electricity due to scheduled fire safety closures on Sunday


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