PG&E could shut off power to customers in dozens of counties


Power company officials say that the outages will begin in the northern sections of the state, and trickle down into central and coastal sections of California.

The impacted area is the rural area known as Vernalis southwest of Manteca on the west side of the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus rivers starting about a half mile south of where Jimmy's general store and restaurant can be found once you cross the river on Airport Way.

Pacific Gas and Electric says it could cut off power to a large swath of Northern California later this week to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather.

Overall, based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 miles per hour, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 miles per hour. The 51 people represent less than 0.007 percent of the county's population.

As of now, it is unclear how many customers will be impacted in Kern County.

San Francisco's BART commuter rail system told riders it doesn't expect a disruption in service, adding that it's been working closely with PG&E for the past several months to prepare for a planned outage.

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It took the utility less than a day to restore power to customers during a three-county shut-off it performed last weekend and during another in September, the company said in a statement.

PG&E has been in the process of notifying potentially impacted customers of the October 9 outage and will continue to do so, via automated calls, texts and emails, reads Tuesday's press release.

Talk with your doctor and plan for, medications that need refrigeration, mobility needs, and medical devices that require power.

"We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public's patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire", said Michael Lewis, PG&E's senior vice president of Electric Operations.

Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets.