The lights are back on for thousands of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers who had their power shut off over the weekend, but the utility said there could be another round of widespread power shutoffs starting Tuesday.
On Sunday, PG&E said it is monitoring another wind event that could trigger public safety power shutoffs for portions of 35 California counties. PG&E has not said which specific counties will be affected, but they are in the northern and southern Sierra, North Bay, Bay Area and Santa Cruz mountains, north coast and Kern County.
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.
The new wind event is forecast for Tuesday. PG&E said the power shutoffs could happen Tuesday and potentially last until Thursday.
PG&E shut off power to millions of people in portions of 36 counties Saturday evening and into the night.
As of 10 p.m. Sunday, an estimated 30,000 customers affected by the weekend shutoffs had their power restored, a spokeswoman told KCRA 3.
“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. 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,” PG&E officials said in a statement.