Oct 9, 2019
Improving weather means patrols in some areas of Humboldt County have started. PG&E anticipates being able to restore power to 60,000 to 80,000 customers tonight or early Thursday morning. Patrols take place during daytime hours and will resume at daybreak.
The second phase of the PSPS event has begun and will continue into the evening. Approximately 234,000 customers (including about 800 in Mendocino County) will be impacted in the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Contra Costa, Mariposa, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne. Outages are expected to happen in two waves, with the East Bay, South Bay and Santa Cruz counties being impacted later tonight, (October 9, 2019 11pm.)
FOR CURRENT UPDATES - please visit this website:
Here is the new link and you’ll see that 64,000 customers in Humboldt County have been restored.
Thank you for your patience with the website. On Monday, in preparation for increased traffic, we doubled the database capacity on our site, but even with that, we are seeing seven or eight times the normal traffic on the site (we are also seeing a significantly increased number of calls to our call center).
As a result, the website is operating very slowly and many customers are getting an error message or are unable to get the information they need related to the PSPS event.
PG&E Provides Updates on Public Safety Power Shutoff
50,000 Customers Already Restored from First Phase of Safety Shutoffs
Second Phase of Shutoffs Has Begun for 234,000 Customers in Sierra Foothills and Bay Area
Improving Weather Means Safety Inspections in Some Areas of Humboldt Have Started
Potential Customer Impacts in Kern County Reduced from 43,000 to Approximately 4,000
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is sharing important updates related to the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that has been implemented across portions of its service area as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of wildfire during a widespread, severe wind event impacting its service area.
The latest updates include:
Additional resources are poised to support the restoration process, including 45 helicopters and more than 6,300 on-the-ground field personnel. Inspections, repairs and restoration can begin once the weather event has passed and it is safe to do so. PG&E expects that the weather to subside around midday Thursday in the Sierra Foothills and the Bay Area/Santa Cruz. Weather conditions in the Kern/Bakersfield area are forecasted to improve into midday Friday.
The decision to turn off power was based on forecasts of dry, windy weather including potential fire risk.
“We understand that this power shutoff is difficult for our customers and communities. Please check on your neighbors, friends and family and know that we will work safely, and quickly as possible, to restore power across the region,” said Sumeet Singh, vice president, PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program. “Our meteorological and operations teams are actively monitoring the weather and this evolving situation, and we are working directly with state and local agencies to help our customers and communities through this event safely.
ThePublic Safety Power Shutoff program is one component of PG&E’s overall Community Wildfire Safety Program, designed to further reduce wildfire risks and help keep our customers and the communities we serve safe. The ongoing and expanded efforts include further enhancing vegetation management around power lines, conducting accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure in high fire-threat areas, and hardening our electric system. For details on the Community Wildfire Safety Program, see www.pge.com/wildfiresafety.
Customers are encouraged to review safety tips at PG&E’s Safety Action Center at www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com.
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