If you haven’t heard already, there’s a huge power outage in California coming tomorrow. Residents of northern and central California will be left in the dark due to a public safety shutoff by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
These power shutoffs are part of a mandatory state wildfire mitigation plan. It aims to reduce the risk of large-scale wildfires before they hit.
Dangerously high winds and dry conditions are posing a considerable fire risk across many California counties right now. While PG&E originally thought 650,000 people would be affected by the blackout, they quickly changed their statement.
Later, they estimated that 800,000 Californians could lose their power. Blackouts are planned to sweep across 30 out of 58 counties in the state starting tomorrow!
According to their most recent statement, the blackouts will likely affect 300 California cities. The power shutoffs will begin on October 9 at 12:00 p.m.
Potential shutoffs are expected to hit every city in the Bay Area except for San Francisco. You can find the full list of affected counties and cities on their website.
Because of the massive area this power outage could hit, it could take multiple days to get power restored. This time of the year is the driest and is typically when California wildfires rage out of control.
Extreme wind peaks are projected to hit Wednesday night on October 9 and continue through early Thursday morning on October 10 with gusts up to 55 miles per hour.
Stay tuned and check back for more updates. You can also check PG&E’s website and sign up to receive notifications if the power outage hits your area.
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