SAN FRANCISCO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Nearly 800,000 PG&E customers across 34 counties will see their power purposefully switched off ahead of severe wind expected in California this week.
The wind is forecast to begin Wednesday. PG&E says it’s making the move to protect its customers.
“We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire,” said PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations Michael Lewis.
The utility supplier says impacted customers have already been notified, although some affected by either the shutoff or equipment damaged by the wind itself may not receive a prior warning. PG&E estimates that the strong wind will last until Thursday afternoon. Once it has passed, crews still need to check lines to ensure it is safe to turn the power back on.
The counties included in the Public Safety Power Shutoff are:
- Contra Costa
- El Dorado
- San Mateo
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
- San Joaquin
To help customers while they do not have electricity, PG&E is setting up Community Resource Centers in affected communities. A list of locations can be found inside the tweet below.