While 940,000 PG&E customers across Northern California remain in the dark Sunday, the utility said there could be another round of widespread power shutoffs by midweek.
PG&E shut off power to portions of 36 counties Saturday evening and into the night. The final phase of shutoffs is expected around 9 p.m. Sunday in Kern, Fresno and Madera counties.
The shutoffs are part of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff program, which is designed to reduce the threat of wildfires that could be sparked by lines brought down in gusting winds.
An offshore wind event is impacting Northern California on Sunday. The windy conditions are expected to die down by Monday.
Customers should prepare for an extended outage that will last at least two days once the severe weather has passed, the utility said Saturday.
According to PG&E, the weekend power shutoffs are impacting portions of the following counties: (Can’t see the map below? Tap here)
On Sunday, PG&E said it is monitoring another potential wind event that could trigger another round of public safety power shutoffs.
The wind event is forecast for Tuesday.
“The dry, windy weather pattern is expected to reach from the northern portions of PG&E’s service territory and down through the Sacramento Valley, before spreading into the central areas of the state, including the Bay Area,” the utility said Sunday in a statement.
PG&E said the power shutoffs could happen Tuesday and potentially last until Thursday. The midweek power shutoffs could impact portions of 32 counties.
“PG&E will make every effort to restore power to as many customers as possible who are currently out of power due to the Oct. 26 PSPS event,” the utility said. “However, due to the dynamic and changing weather conditions, and high fire risk, some customers who are currently out of power may remain out throughout the duration of the next potential PSPS event.”
The portions of the counties that may be impacted include, but are not limited to:
- Contra Costa
- El Dorado
- San Mateo
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
“This new Oct. 29 PSPS event is expected to be somewhat smaller in scope than the current Oct. 26 PSPS,” PG&E said in a statement.
PG&E said Sunday evening that it has notified at least 500,000 customers about the potential power shutoffs on Tuesday. By Monday, more people could be notified about the potential shutoff, officials said.
“The potential Tuesday safety shutoff is planned for varying start times depending on location throughout PG&E’s service area and is expected to impact portions of 32 counties in the Northern and Southern Sierra, North Bay, Bay Area and Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County,” PG&E said in a statement.
Customer notifications through texts, emails and automated phone calls began Sunday afternoon, about 48 hours prior to the potential shutoff.