PG&E contacting 29,000 customers ahead of another potential power shutoff

In this file photo, high-voltage power transmission lines owned by PG&E are seen stretched along Pine Valley Road in San Ramon.San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst N/Hearst Newspapers via Getty Imag

PG&E said Tuesday that it plans to notify about 29,000 customers in parts of 19 counties in Northern and Central California who may have their power shut off proactively starting early Thursday to reduce the risk of wildfires sparking from the utility’s power lines amid dry and windy conditions.

This news comes after the utility cut power on Monday to about 24,000 customers in parts of 23 counties under similar conditions and was still working to restore power to all of those customers by Tuesday afternoon.

The actions, which PG&E calls Public Safety Power Shutoffs, are one of the utility’s efforts to limit wildfires and are implemented based on a combination of factors including low humidity, high winds, dry vegetation and real-time observations from PG&E crews around its service area.

In the Bay Area, Thursday’s power shutoff could take effect for 293 customers in Contra Costa County, 3,750 in Napa County, 1,591 in Solano County and 1,481 in Sonoma County. The customers potentially affected are being notified via text, email and automated phone call, according to PG&E.

National Weather Service forecaster Brayden Murdock said¬†this upcoming wind event doesn’t look as severe as the one that hit Sunday night and continued into Tuesday.¬†

“We will see more of a northerly gradient to our winds on Thursday,” Murdock said. “Not as bad as today but still something to have caution over.”

Murdock said the strongest winds on Thursday will likely be in the higher elevations of the eastern North Bay and the East Bay.

More information about the planned power shutoffs can be found online at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

Bay City News contributed to this story.

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