PG&E says 'essentially all' customers restored after outages

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Friday, November 1, 2019
PG&E restores power to most of Bay Area
PG&E has restored power to most of the Bay Area that has been impacted by its latest round of preventative outages.

PG&E has restored power to essentially all customers impacted by the Oct. 29 Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

Currently, 1,400 total PSPS-impacted customers remain out of power.

LIST: Areas affected by PG&E power shutdown

Due to favorable weather, PG&E did not need to turn off power in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo counties. This reduced the scope of the preventative outages by 30,000 to approximately 510,000 customers in portions of 22 counties. Most of those outages are in the North Bay, specifically in Sonoma and Napa counties. PG&E gave the weather "all clear" for inspections on Wednesday morning.

Power was restored to 96 percent of Marin County customers Wednesday afternoon, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. According to Napa County, most of Napa should have power by Wednesday night.

PG&E has restored power to all other Bay Area counties, except for Contra Costa County, which is at 97 percent restoration.

ABC7 News I-Team Reporter Dan Noyes asked PG&E President Bill Johnson to address the food waste from the outages, particularly for low-income residents.

"For these people, we didn't burn down any houses," Johnson said. "The Kincade fire is still under investigation, I got that. But one of the things we did allow them was to refill their refrigerator because their house was still there."

MAPS: Bay Area cities affected by PG&E power shutdown

PG&E said inspectors found 55 instances of damage to their equipment statewide.

The company does not expect another wind event to cause a shutoff in the next week.

TIMELINE: When will power go out in Bay Area, Northern California

Customers are encouraged to visit its website and use the address look up tool to confirm if they will be impacted by this PSPS event.

For the latest stories about PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff go here.


ABC7 News reporters Liz Kreutz, Lauren Martinez, Vic Lee, Lyanne Melendez, Wayne Freedman, David Louie and the Associated Press contributed to this report.