PG&E website down with influx of people checking power shutoff info

Ruben Fields
October 9, 2019

PG&E on Monday said it may begin implementing a planned Public Safety Power Shutoff starting early Wednesday norming that could impact more than 600,000 customers in 28 counties.

The Eureka office of the National Weather Service reports that red flag conditions are expected this afternoon in portions of the county, raising the risk of wildfire on the two year anniversary of the devastating Tubbs Fire that swept through parts of Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties. Get the full story in the video above.

The City of Manteca Monday emphasized that information provided by PG&E to San Joaquin County Operations of Emergency Services personnel that Manteca along with virtually all of San Joaquin County will not be impacted this time around.

"The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has chose to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event".

· Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.

· Update contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours.

· Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.

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Windy conditions are expected to last through midday Thursday.

Stock up on flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies.

The orange areas are regions where PG&E may temporarily shut off power due to weather and fire risk conditions as early as midnight Wednesday. This means doing regular safety checks and being sure you have enough fuel to last a few days.

Position your generator where its exhaust can vent safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy company in the United States.

The outages will also affect portions of the agricultural Central Valley, the state's northern and central coasts and the Sierra Nevada foothills, where a November wildfire blamed on PG&E transmission lines killed 85 people and devastated the town of Paradise.

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