Wine Down Media continues to monitor the extreme weather conditions and the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
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OCTOBER 29 PSPS EVENT:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed at 10 p.m. (10/30) that it had restored power to approximately 312,000 customers (95 percent) since the Oct. 29 Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) “All Clear” was given at 10:00 a.m. today. Currently 53,000 total PSPS-impacted customers remain out of power.
At first light this morning, PG&E crews along with mutual aid workers from other utilities from across the U.S. began safety inspections of de-energized equipment, repair work for any wind-related damage found, and power restoration to customers.
Counties Completely Restored
PG&E has achieved 100 percent restoration across all PSPS events in the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Madera, Mariposa, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yolo.
Counties Still to Restore
At first light, PG&E will continue working to restore power to customers in the following counties: Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Kern, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Sonoma and Yuba.
Safety patrols and equipment repairs, which take place largely during daylight hours, will continue Thursday (Oct. 31) for impacted miles of distribution and transmission line. More than 6,300 PG&E personnel and contractors and more than 40 helicopters are deployed and supporting the restoration process. PG&E has also secured mutual assistance of approximately 830 electric workers from other utilities from across the U.S. to help with inspections and repairs. For the Oct. 26 PSPS event, PG&E has verified at least 83 instances of weather damage or hazards involving PG&E assets. It is still assessing damage from the Oct. 29 event and expects the overall number to continue to rise. These types of damages could lead to potential wildfire ignitions if power lines are not de-energized.
Oct. 29 PSPS Scope Decreased Due to Improving Weather
For the Oct. 29 PSPS, the number of impacted counties was decreased from original estimates, as weather conditions changed and as PG&E was able to sectionalize parts of its grid to allow for greater precision in the shutoffs. Counties that were removed from the shutoff scope were: Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Siskiyou.
Community Resource Centers
PG&E will continue to operate Community Resource Centers for affected customers, providing restrooms, bottled water, ice, blankets, food, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100. Centers will remain open during daylight hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., until power has been restored in those areas. Locations and status of these centers are listed at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.
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OCTOBER 26 PSPS EVENT:
PG&E Expects to Issue Weather “All Clear” for Safety Inspections and Restoration Work to Begin Early Monday Morning for Northern Sierras and North Coast.
Power Restored to 30,000 Customers by Sunday at 10:00 p.m.
Safety Inspections and Restoration Work to continue at First Light.
Contingent on Weather Conditions, Kern, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tuolumne Counties Expected to be Shutoff Tonight.
Current Restoration for Oct. 26 PSPS
As wind conditions improved Sunday afternoon a weather “all clear” was issued for customers in Humboldt, Siskiyou, Trinity, Northern Mendocino and portions of Lake County.
Wind Gust (mph) – Name – County – Datetime of Max Wind Gust
102mph – Pine Flat Road – Sonoma – 10/27/2019 8:00
93mph – Healdsburg Hills Northc – Sonoma – 10/27/2019 5:50
87mph – Mt St Helena West – Sonoma – 10/27/2019 7:40
80mph – Mt St Helena East – Sonoma – 10/27/2019 7:50
Additional Widespread PSPS Potential for Tuesday/Wednesday
PG&E is also closely following a potentially strong, widespread dry offshore wind event on Tuesday, Oct. 29, through midday Wednesday for Northern California, that is significant in scope and could impact approximately 35 counties across the Northern and Southern Sierra, North Bay, Bay Area and Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County
How Customers Can Prepare
In addition, PG&E is asking customers to:
Update their contact information by calling 1-866-743-6589 or sign into their online account at pge.com. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts and emails, when possible, prior to and during a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
Build or restock their emergency kits with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets.
Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep their families safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center.
PG&E will provide Community Resource Centers in key areas that may have continuing impacts due to the Oct. 26 PSPS event and the potential new event. These centers provide water, phone charging stations, air-conditioned seating for up to 100 people and restrooms.
Customers can visit pge.com/pspsupdates for more information.
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