Tales of Chaos From the California Power Outage – The New York Times

By about 6 p.m., The San Francisco Chronicle (whose continuing live updates you can read here) said, power was being restored in some areas. According to The Chronicle, though, the outages could cause $1 billion — or, by some estimates, much more — in economic damages to residents and businesses.

And, as The Press Democrat reported, meteorologists warned that winds were still on their way.

Southern California Edison was considering preemptively cutting power to 173,877 customers in a vast area stretching from Kern County through Orange County, and from San Bernardino County to the coast, the utility said on its website Wednesday evening. San Diego Gas & Electric also warned that it may cut off power to about 29,000 customers in San Diego County, according to KPBS.

Still, Bobbie Hayes, whose power was cut off in Eureka, said she managed to find something of a silver lining in spending time off the grid.

“The lights went out, not at midnight, but at 1:45 a.m. I went outside with my dogs and saw the most amazing sky that was dark and filled with stars,” she said in an email. “The Milky Way was completely visible. It was breathtaking.”

[Here’s how to prepare for a power outage — to the extent possible.]

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