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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has started its second phase of power shutoffs across California as hundreds of thousands of customers remain in the dark amid a forecast high wind event and elevated wildfire dangers. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has started its second phase of power shutoffs across California as hundreds of thousands of customers remain in the dark amid a forecast high wind event and elevated wildfire dangers.

PG&E begins second wave of power shutoffs

As the first phase of power outages due to PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff starts, the number of customers affected in the San Francisco Bay Area has rapidly increased early Wednesday morning. What started as 20,000 PG&E customers without power across the region has jumped to several thousand more across several locales, per PG&E's outage map. Solano, Sonoma and Napa counties have been hit the hardest so far, with the cities of Fairfield having 17,963 customers powerless and Vacaville 13,665 as of 2:30 a.m. The city of Napa has been hit hard as well, with 19,357 PG&E customers without power as well. Sonoma has 15,925 powerless, St. Helena 6,685 and Calistoga 3,321. Outages have also spread to Santa Rosa (8,140 customers), Rohnert Park (2,105), Sausalito (2,564) and Tamalpais-Homestead Valley (2,034). Several unincorporated areas in Napa, Marin, Solano and Sonoma counties have also been hit with power outages. PG&E officials released a statement early Wednesday citing forecasted winds of 60-70 mph at higher elevations from Wednesday morning until Thursday morning for the start of the shut downs. According to the National Weather Service, which issued a Red Flag Warning on Tuesday morning from Wednesday morning until 5 a.m. Tuesday, locations above 4,000 feet are the most likely so see wind speeds above 60 mph. PG&E officials didn't provide an exact number of total outages, and referred to its website outage map for up-to-date numbers and locations of customers without power. Phase No. 1 of the shutdown encompasses the shutdown of power to approximately 513,000 customers in several Northern California counties. Phase No. 2 is expected to start around 12 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to affect 234,000 more PG&E customers,...

Wednesday Morning News Roundup - SFGate

No one wants more devastating wildfires in California. But the chaotic response to PG&amp;E outages shows there has to be a better solution than widespread shut - offs lasting up to six days. <p>No one wants more devastating wildfires in California. But the chaotic response to PG&amp;E outages shows there has to be a better solution than widespread shut<underscore class="character" displayname="underscore" name="underscore" xmlns:cci="urn:schemas-ccieurope.com">-</underscore>offs lasting up to six days.</p>

Editorial: Messy response to PG&E outages show there has to be a better way for California - SFChronicle.com

Once again, the dry winds that sweep across California each Autumn are stoking fears that utility power lines will topple and spark wildfires. After two years of devastating blazes, the state’s biggest utility, PG&E Corp., is preemptively cutting power across the northern end of the state in a fire-prevention effort that could eventually leave more than 2.7 million people in the dark. It’s the biggest intentional blackout to date by the San Francisco-based company, which filed for bankruptcyOnce again, the dry winds that sweep across California each Autumn are stoking fears that utility power lines will topple and spark wildfires. After two years of devastating blazes, the state’s biggest utility, PG&E Corp., is preemptively cutting power across the northern end of the state in a fire-prevention effort that could eventually leave more than 2.7 million people in the dark. It’s the biggest intentional blackout to date by the San Francisco-based company, which filed for bankruptcy

Why California Fire Threat Cuts Lights for Millions - The Washington Post

“#PSPS: Additional proactive shutoffs for safety will begin later this afternoon and into early evening in portions of these counties (see table). This phase of the safety shutoff also includes some parts of Mendocino and Calaveras not turned off this morning.”

PG&E on Twitter: "#PSPS: Additional proactive shutoffs for safety will begin later this afternoon and into early evening in portions of these counties (see table). This phase of the safety shutoff also includes some parts of Mendocino and Calaveras not turned off this morning.… https://t.co/ROTXbpIeyL"

“#PSPS: Early this morning, PG&amp;E turned off power for safety to counties in phase one (approx. 500k customers). That phase is complete. If you still have power IN THESE COUNTIES (see graphic) you will not lose power due to a PSPS.”

PG&E on Twitter: "#PSPS: Early this morning, PG&E turned off power for safety to counties in phase one (approx. 500k customers). That phase is complete. If you still have power IN THESE COUNTIES (see graphic) you will not lose power due to a PSPS.… https://t.co/OekdyrHeaB"

“🚩Red Flag Warnings🚩 begin at: ⚠️5 AM Wed➡️North Bay Mtns &amp; Valleys, East Bay Hills &amp; Valleys, Diablo Range ⚠️5 PM Wed➡️Santa Cruz Mtns *This event has the potential to be the strongest offshore wind event in the area since the October 2017 North Bay fires.* #CAwx #CAFire”

NWS Bay Area on Twitter: "🚩Red Flag Warnings🚩 begin at: ⚠️5 AM Wed➡️North Bay Mtns & Valleys, East Bay Hills & Valleys, Diablo Range ⚠️5 PM Wed➡️Santa Cruz Mtns *This event has the potential to be the strongest offshore wind event in the area since the October 2017 North Bay fires.* #CAwx #CAFire… https://t.co/YQeGOTq2EI"

“There is a #RedFlagWarning for most of Northern California and #FireWeatherWatch for the southernmost region of California from Wednesday morning to Thursday evening due to gusty winds and low humidity. This is #CriticalFireWeather and caution should be taken when outdoors.”

CAL FIRE on Twitter: "There is a #RedFlagWarning for most of Northern California and #FireWeatherWatch for the southernmost region of California from Wednesday morning to Thursday evening due to gusty winds and low humidity. This is #CriticalFireWeather and caution should be taken when outdoors.… https://t.co/2gkctS3uRj"

The Pleasanton, California Police Department made a viral Facebook post joke about the PG&E power shutoff.The post has been shared across the globe by more than 30,000 people.

Pleasanton, CA Police make viral joke about PG&E power outage

Living without power for hours and even days will be hard. But this is the way Californians have to live now, thanks to bad land use choices and climate change.Living without power for hours and even days will be hard. But this is the way Californians have to live now, thanks to bad land use choices and climate change.

Editorial: Don’t just blame PG&E for the Northern California blackouts. It’s everyone’s fault - Los Angeles Times

Update, 4 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019: Stockdale High School and North High School will be on a two-hour delayed start time Thursday in anticipation of a possiblePublic Safety Power Shutoff that could affect Bakersfield and parts of Kern County. Parents should be told by 8 a. m. whether the power is out and if school is canceled for the day, according to Kern High School District spokesperson Erin Briscoe. ------Update, 4 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019: Stockdale High School and North High School will be on a two-hour delayed start time Thursday in anticipation of a possiblePublic Safety Power Shutoff that could affect Bakersfield and parts of Kern County. Parents should be told by 8 a. m. whether the power is out and if school is canceled for the day, according to Kern High School District spokesperson Erin Briscoe. ------

KHSD prepared in case of Public Safety Power Shutoff | KBAK

How long will your perishable, refrigerated and frozen food last, without electricity? It could keep longer than you think -- if you take steps to prepare right away.How long will your perishable, refrigerated and frozen food last, without electricity? It could keep longer than you think -- if you take steps to prepare right away.

No Power? Here's How to Keep Your Food Cold - NBC Bay Area

Everything you need to know about your energy service, energy saving, rate options and more...Everything you need to know about your energy service, energy saving, rate options and more...

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California is in the peak of its wildfire season. With strong winds forecast to hit 70 mph on Wednesday, the utility says it wants to reduce the chance that its wires could spark a fire.California is in the peak of its wildfire season. With strong winds forecast to hit 70 mph on Wednesday, the utility says it wants to reduce the chance that its wires could spark a fire.

Utility Giant PG&E Voluntarily Shuts Off Power, Could Impact 800,000 Calif. Customers : NPR

To prevent fires, PG&E has started cutting electricity to more than 1 million Californians amid high wind forecasts. Here's what you need to knowTo prevent fires, PG&E has started cutting electricity to more than 1 million Californians amid high wind forecasts. Here's what you need to know

Power outage Q&A: What California needs to know about the cutoffs

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CNN affiliate KGO has the story on the power outages which could affect almost 2 million people across California.CNN affiliate KGO has the story on the power outages which could affect almost 2 million people across California.

PG&E will begin cutting power at midnight Wednesday. Nearly 800,000 California customers will be affected

Hundreds of thousands of California homes and businesses started to lose electric power early Wednesday as part of an unprecedented effort by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to prevent wildfires, the utility said.Hundreds of thousands of California homes and businesses started to lose electri...

California power cutoff begins as wildfire risks rise - Reuters

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Unprecedented power outages across our state are now underway, while a shutoff in Kern County is still to be determined “We are doing everything we can to keep our customers and communities safe and initiating a PSPS is one of those ways we are keeping our communities safe,” said Katie Allen, […]BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Unprecedented power outages across our state are now underway, while a shutoff in Kern County is still to be determined “We are doing everything we can to keep ou…

Kern County Power Shutoff | KGET 17