‘Severe wind event’ could cause PG&E power shutoff in several Bay Area counties

Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – PG&E announced on Monday that it is monitoring a “severe wind event” that could potentially cause a power shutoff to nearly 30 California counties later this week.

Strong and dry winds are expected Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service Service to issue a Fire Weather Watch for areas of Northern California.

Napa County officials said a PG&E power shutoff could last five days or longer and is expected to begin Wednesday morning.

To see if your town is impacted by the shutoffs, click here.

Dangerous high fire conditions are also expected starting Wednesday, officials said.

Due to this forecasted “extreme weather conditions,” PG&E is considering proactively turning off power for safety across portions of around 30 Northern California counties.

Portions of counties that may be impacted include but is not limited to:

  • Alameda
  • Alpine
  • Amador
  • Butte
  • Calaveras
  • Colusa
  • Contra Costa
  • El Dorado
  • Glenn
  • Lake
  • Mariposa
  • Mendocino
  • Napa
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • San Joaquin
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Shasta
  • Sierra
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • Stanislaus
  • Tehama
  • Tuolumne
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

Officials said the highest weather risk will occur Wednesday morning through midday Thursday.

PG&E says it will continue to monitor weather conditions.

In the event of a PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoff), PG&E is asking its customers to update their contact information online or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours.

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