In an effort to curb wildfires, Pacific Gas and Electric Company has cut power to more than 500,000 in the first phase of a public safety power shutoff. Strong winds up to 55MPH are expected to hit the bayside area and the outages are to prevent any wildfires that may be caused by downed power lines, etc.
The blackouts have affected the following counties: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.
Another 234,000 will lose power at noon, Pacific Daylight Time, affecting Alameda, Alpine, Contra Costa, Mariposa, San Joaquin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
A third phase is under consideration, which would affect another 42,000 customers in Kern County.
The outages are expected to continue through Friday or even longer. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as soon as we receive any additional information.
Please contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns.
SPI Researchers Team