Dangerous winds threaten outages for nearly 90,000 Bay Area customers

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) –Dangerous high winds have triggered a Red Flag Warning that is now in effect for much of the Bay Area.

Thousands of people are in the dark as PG&E has turned off the power to prevent a wildfire.

A map on PG&E’s website shows exactly who is being affected by the outages.

Nearly 90,000 customers in the Bay Area could be impacted by the PSPS event.

Below is a list of Bay Area counties and an estimated amount of customers who could be affected by the outages.

  • Alameda County: 16,304 customers
  • Contra Costa County: 15,482 customers
  • Marin County: 13,809 customers
  • Napa County: 11,026 customers
  • Santa Clara County: 4,182 customers
  • Solano County: 1,597 customers
  • Sonoma County: 23,463 customers
  • San Mateo County: 3,671 customers

The National Weather Service says winds are continuing to build as humidity falls.

Mount Saint Helena, the Healdsburg hills and Mt. Diablo are just a few over the areas heavily impacted by the wind event.

Strong winds are also impacting the Sierra Crest in Lake Tahoe. The Alpine Meadows Ski resort is currently gusting to 106 mph with sustained winds of 87 mph.

In the East Bay, winds will pick up shortly after midnight until mid-morning Monday.

Alameda County fire officials warned residents that winds are beginning to pick up as thousands remain without power.

PG&E is turning off power because the wind gusts could knock over a power line and start another devastating fire. The utility has turned off the power to 225,000 customers already across the state and 136,000 more are expected to lose power.

The Red Flag Warning for the North Bay mountains and East Bay hills has been extended through Tuesday at 5 p.m.

A map from the NWS shows the areas that are under a Red Flag Warning.

Photo: National Weather Service website

All cities from Santa Rosa, down to Santa Cruz and Gilroy are under a Red Flag Warning Sunday night.

Coastal regions, Santa Cruz mountains & lower valleys are under a Red Flag Warning through 11 a.m. Monday.

Once the wind event is over, power will be restored in phases starting Monday night through Tuesday night. 

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