California Utilities Shuts Off Power


BREAKING NEWS | California Utilities Shut Off Power...

87,000 customers have had their power halted and more could be left in the dark depending on the weather – some for more than 4 days.

Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Utilities has been cutting power to tens of thousands of customers after extreme fire danger warnings across the state of California.

Thousands of dollars lost for some businesses & home owners due to food spoilage.

60,000 customers are still without power.

California Utilities Shut Off Power Due to Wildfire Concerns & 'Extremely' Windy Weather

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Concerned about downed power lines sparking wildfires, two major California utilities took the rare step of cutting power to customers amid high winds — and another power provider was considering similar action.

The move came as strong winds swept California, knocking down trees and power lines. One woman was killed when a tree fell onto her car.

In Northern California, Pacific Gas & Electric for the first time began cutting power Sunday night to tens of thousands of customers after the National Weather Service warned of extreme fire danger across the state due to high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation.

San Diego Gas & Electric followed suit Monday, turning off power to about 360 customers in foothill areas near Cleveland National Forest, where multiple blazes have scorched large swaths of land in recent years. SDG&E has pre-emptively shut off power to customers in the past, most recently in December when 14,000 customers went without power — many for four days.

Pacific Gas & Electric previously announced its plan to shut off power preemptively after authorities blamed its power lines for sparking some of California’s most destructive wildfires.

The utility expects to pay billions of dollars in wildfire damages and has sought ways to limit its liability through the courts and Legislature.

The utility said about 87,000 customers had their power halted and more could be left in the dark depending on the weather. Some 60,000 customers remained without power. Schools in those affected areas canceled classes.

PG&E said it expected to restore power Monday night to most customers — though some residents won’t get electricity back until Tuesday.

“We know how much our customers rely on electric service, and we have made the decision to turn off power as a last resort given the extreme fire danger conditions these communities are experiencing,” PG&E spokesman Pat Hogan said.

PG&E said it began notifying affected customers on Saturday about possible outages. However, many said Monday they had received little or no notice.

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