ORINDA, Calif. (KRON) — Several Bay Area cities and towns are waking up in the dark again on Tuesday morning after PG&E intentionally cut power to thousands during a high wind event.
The utility began restoring power on Monday afternoon but there are still about 180,000 customers to go.
By the county, PG&E gives the following progress at 10 a.m. Tuesday:
- Alameda County- 40% restored
- Contra Costa County- 24% restored
- Marin County – 76% restored
- Napa County- 1% restored
- San Mateo County- 59% restored
- Santa Clara County- 68% restored
- Solano County- 29% restored
- Sonoma County 40% restored
PG&E initiated the Public Safety Power Shutoff to avoid another wildfire, the risk exacerbated by historical wind gusts.
Power restoration is a bit of a process.
It begins with patrolling — PG&E crews search the area on foot, in cars and by air for any weather related damage to the lines, poles and towers. The crews then isolate any damaged areas from the rest of the system.
WATCH: PG&E gives update at 10 a.m.
Once it is safe to energize, PG&E’s Control Center begins restoring power and finally notifies customers that power is back.
While the Power Shutoff impacted 36 counties in California, the Bay Area appears to take the lead in most dangerous wind gusts. See the table provided by PG&E below:
|County||Max recorded sustained winds (mph)||Max recorded wind gusts (mph)|
The Red Flag Warning is expected to expire by 5 p.m Tuesday. The utility company says all its customers should have power back by Tuesday night.
Its crews have about 17,000 miles of ground to cover for the power restoration patrols.
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