PG&E says prepare for strong winds in West Fresno

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PG&E forecasters are predicting potentially damaging winds in the Fresno area through the early evening hours, especially on the west side of the Valley.

It expects wind gusts up to 40 mph along the west side of the San Joaquin with general gusts of 30 – 35 mph in parts of the Fresno area.

PG&E wants its customers to be prepared .

It reminds people to stay away from downed power lines. Always assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the location of a downed line. After reporting the downed line, call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

PG&E is offering other safety tips:

Keep a battery-operated flashlight and radio within easy reach. Ensure those items are always accessible and that your batteries are fresh. Listen for updates on storm conditions and power outages.

Use safer LED candles. Wax candles are not recommended.

Plan for another way to communicate. Don’t depend on a phone that requires electricity to communicate. Keep a standard handset or mobile phone ready as a backup.

Store water-filled plastic containers in your freezer. You can use them as blocks of ice to prevent food from spoiling.

Hire a licensed electrician to install your generator. Improperly installed generators can be dangerous for you, your family and our crews.

Unplug or turn off all appliances during an outage. This action can help avoid overloading circuits when the power is restored.

Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. When the power is restored, you can begin to turn your appliances on, one at a time.

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