PG&E Warns of Potential Major Power Shut Off on Wednesday

Customers Potentially Affected Will Receive Notifications from PG&E on Monday Morning

Release Date: November 17, 2019
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor a strong offshore wind event expected to begin early Wednesday morning (Nov. 20) and last through Thursday morning. To reduce the risk of wildfire in these conditions, PG&E may turn off power to approximately 250,000 customers in portions of 19 counties in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay. Other parts of the Bay Area are not expected to be included in a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

The weather forecasts continue to be dynamic, so the extent of wind and PSPS impacts may change. No decision has been made about calling a PSPS at this time.

As of tonight, portions of the following counties could be affected if PG&E moves forward with a PSPS: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.

PG&E plans to notify potentially affected customers beginning Monday morning (Nov. 18)—about 48 hours before a potential shutoff—by phone, text and email. PG&E is working closely with state, county, local and tribal partners to prepare for the potential PSPS.

Weather Information

  • PG&E meteorologists currently anticipate a wide area of high winds, including sustained winds of up to 25 mph, gusts in the 30-50 mph range and peak gusts above 55 mph.
  • Fire Weather Watches have been issued in PG&E’s service area.
  • Vegetation is extremely dry:
    • Average precipitation in the Northern Sierra by this point in November is typically 5 inches; this year, that region has received 0.3 inches of precipitation.
    • Temperatures in PG&E’s service territory are 5-15 degrees above average for this time of year.
    • The recent series of extreme wind events have also contributed to dry conditions, as wind has a drying effect on vegetation.

Customer Notifications

  • When possible, the company notifies potentially impacted customers at 48 hours, 24 hours and again just prior to a power shutoff—for those customers who have provided their contact information to PG&E.
  • Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited by a PG&E employee with a knock on their door when possible. A primary focus will be given to those customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.

How to Stay Informed

  • Starting Monday, customers can look up whether their address could be affected at pge.com/pspsupdates.
  • For the latest weather information, including the PSPS 7-Day forecast, visit pge.com/weather.
  • For general information about how a Public Safety Power Shutoff works, visit pge.com/psps.
  • PG&E will provide frequent updates on its Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as through Nextdoor.
  • PG&E will provide frequent updates to news media.

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