Around 97,000 PG&E customers could lose power Sunday due to PSPS event

Noble Horvath

Around 97,000 customers in 15 different counties in the Northstate could be impacted by PG&E’s upcoming Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event on Sunday morning.  On Thursday, some PG&E customers were notified about a potential PSPS starting Saturday night. PG&E says the anticipated scope and timing of the event has […]

Around 97,000 customers in 15 different counties in the Northstate could be impacted by PG&E’s upcoming Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event on Sunday morning. 

On Thursday, some PG&E customers were notified about a potential PSPS starting Saturday night. PG&E says the anticipated scope and timing of the event has changed.

According to PG&E, the potential PSPS starting Sunday morning could impact 97,000 customers in 15 counties including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Kern, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama, and Yuba.



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PG&E meteorologists say a dry offshore wind event will begin to develop across Northern California on Saturday and will peak and spread south along the high Sierra on Sunday evening, eventually reaching Southern California divisions, Sunday night into Monday. 

Officials say winds will decrease across the Northstate on Monday morning. Winds of 20–30 MPH with gusts 45–55 MPH are anticipated, with the highest gusts through the favored gaps. These winds will coincide with very hot temperatures and the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for portions of Northern CA valid from Saturday evening through Monday.

The expected hot and dry weather conditions, as well as expected high wind gusts, pose an increased risk for damage to electrical lines which may ignite fires in areas of dry vegetation.



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According to PG&E, the potential PSPS starting Sunday morning could impact

The anticipated scope and timing of this event has changed from earlier announcements, based on updated weather forecasts that showed stronger wind gusts in a larger portion of PG&E’s service area. PG&E’s in-house meteorologists, as well as its Wildfire Safety Operation Center and Emergency Operations Center, continue to monitor conditions closely and additional notifications will be made today to customers who may be impacted by this event.

CountyCustomers impacted (Total: 96,876)

  • Alpine — 572
  • Amador — 5,471
  • Butte — 18,669
  • Calaveras — 9,978
  • El Dorado — 35,614
  • Kern — 27
  • Lake— 55
  • Napa— 181
  • Nevada —7,345
  • Placer— 9,657
  • Plumas— 785
  • Shasta— 2,816
  • Sierra — 1,098
  • Tehama— 1,223
  • Yuba— 3,385
  • Total— 96,876

Customers can look up their address online to find out if their location is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.  

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