PG&E to shut off power tonight to nearly 800000 customers – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

PG&E to shut off power tonight to nearly 800000 customers - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
LIST: Counties, cities affected by PG&E power outage in Bay Area, rest of California
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James Cooke is shown buying water bottles along with propane tanks and batteries at a ACE Hardware store as he prepares for a possible power shutdown in Los Gatos, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines. (Anda Chu/San Jose Mercury News via AP) AP

Map shows neighborhoods impacted by PG&E power shutoffs

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California cutting power to millions in desperate bid to stop wildfires

Schools close across countyAll Santa Rosa Junior College campuses will be closed Wednesday and all activities and classes, including online classes, are canceled. The college was not sure Tuesday when power will be restored.

The potential power shut off will begin on Wednesday, October 9 at 12:00 am , through Thursday, October 10 at 12:00 pm. Residents should be aware that at the conclusion of the shut-off, it could take several days for power lines to be re-energized.

Seven Santa Rosa City Schools will be closed Wednesday because of the shut-off and will likely remain closed Thursday and Friday: Maria Carrillo High, Rincon Valley Middle, Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School, Santa Rosa Middle, Hidden Valley Elementary, Proctor Terrace Elementary and Lewis Education Center. All after-school programs, such as athletics and childcare, will also be canceled at these schools.Other schools within the district may also be closed Thursday and Friday, depending on the duration of the outage and possible increase in the affected area.

PG&E will be opening a Community Resource Center (CRC) at 1775 N. State St in Ukiah on Wednesday, October 9. Hours of operation will be from 8:00 am through 6:00 pm. An informational flyer will be attached to this release.

The Power WILL Be Cut Off to a Large Swath of California Tonight … But Theres Maybe a Chance That Some of Humboldt Will Escape That Fate?

Alexander Valley — closed Wednesday and Thursday.Bennett Valley Union School District, Cloverdale Unified School District, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Kashia School District, Geyserville Unified School District, Old Adobe Union Districts Sonoma Mountain and Old Adobe charter schools — closed Wednesday.Mark West Union School District and Windsor Unified School District — closed Wednesday with a projected closure Thursday.Sonoma Valley Unified School District — closed Wednesday through Friday.Waugh School District – closed Wednesday with non-student days Thursday and Friday.Sonoma County Office of Education – Skylane campus closed Wednesday. Special education classes at school district sites will be closed along with district closures.Parents are encouraged to go to their school or district website for the latest information.

For more information, please contact the Executive Office at 707-463-4441.The County will remain open during the duration of the PSPS event.

[UPDATE 5:47 pm] Most Humboldt County Schools Open Tomorrow; Heres a List of Schools Closing Because of Possible Power Outage

A wide view of the map shows much of Northern California will have its power shut off starting late Tuesday night. (Continue clicking or swiping through the gallery for a closer look.)

A wide view of the map shows much of Northern California will have its power shut off starting late Tuesday night. (Continue clicking or swiping through the gallery for a closer look.)

UPDATE 5:47 p.m.: Academy of the Redwoods reports, “College of the Redwoods has not yet determined whether the Eureka campus will be open if the power is shut down. AR staff will receive a communication early in the morning to let us know. If campus is closed, we will immediately announce to the AR community through the AR Facebook page, email and an All Call.”

A wide view of the map shows much of Northern California will have its power shut off starting late Tuesday night. (Continue clicking or swiping through the gallery for a closer look.)

Though some schools have backup generators, others particularly in rural areas can be affected by other side effects of the grid being down such as water outages. South Fork High School located in the small town of Miranda, for instance, will likely be without water as the town has no backup generators to power its system.

A wide view of the map shows much of Northern California will have its power shut off starting late Tuesday night. (Continue clicking or swiping through the gallery for a closer look.)

A wind storm that is affecting much of northern California raised concern of wildfires sparked by power lines so PG&E is planning for large scale shutdown of the electrical grid.

More than 250,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers in the Bay Area will lose power starting Wednesday as the utility company plans to preemptively shut down power to mitigate wildfire risks.

On Tuesday afternoon, the utility announced will shut off power to 800,000 customers in Northern and Central California starting early Wednesday. PG&E said it would notify affected customers directly.

An interactive map on PG&Es website shows wide swaths of the Bay Area that will be affected by a PSPS, or public safety power shutoff. See the gallery at the top of this story for a selection of areas at risk.

Unless otherwise notified, students at all other schools, should plan to attend school as regularly scheduled.

Looking through the affected areas, youll notice the hilly areas of the South Bay and East Bay are especially vulnerable.

Just because an area of the map is highlighted doesnt mean the power will definitely be shut off there. The map is also subject to change.

You can also zoom in and find your neighborhood on PG&Es interactive map on its website (though the website was intermittently down throughout the day). If the page loads, scroll down and find the second map.

The weather this week is expected to be dry and windy, which makes the risk of a catastrophic wildfire high, PG&E officials said. The utility company wants to shut off power so its electric equipment doesnt start a wildfire as has happened in recent years.

MORE: Inside slider wind event forecast to bring extreme fire danger to San Francisco Bay Area

Marin County customers were added to the possible outage warning mid-day Tuesday, but PG&E didnt immediately report a number of customers.

Alix Martichoux is an SFGate digital editor. Read her latest stories and send her news tips at alix.martichoux@sfgate.com. 


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