Possible PG&E power shutoffs limited to Central CA; Red Flag Warning remains in Bay Area

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
PG&E power shutoff still possible on Monday
PG&E is warning about likely power shutoffs on Monday for more than 92,000 customers in Northern California because of high fire danger, including Napa and Sonoma counties.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- PG&E's warning that it could turn off power early Monday morning no longer applies to counties in the Bay Area, the utility said Sunday afternoon.

Five counties in the Central Valley could see Public Safety Power Shutoffs due to dry conditions and high winds.

About 8,500 customers, down from 92,000 on Saturday, could be affected in several counties. PG&E says the decrease in affected customers is due to the changing weather conditions.

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"Two days ago, on Friday afternoon, about 132,000 PG&E customers in 15 counties and five tribal communities had been notified of a potential PSPS. Yesterday, that number changed to 92,000 customers. Today, the potential scope of the PSPS has been further reduced to 8,500 customers in five counties: Fresno, Madera (new), Mariposa (new), Tulare and Tuolumne," PG&E said.

Despite no power shutoffs locally, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory and Red Flag Warning for the Bay Area that will take effect Sunday night at 11 p.m., continuing through 11 a.m. Monday. Both the warning and advisory are in effect in the North Bay, San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula, Diablo Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Winds are supposed to have gusts of up to 50-mph, the weather service said.

Central California counties, including Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tuolumne and Tulare, could be affected in the latest PSPS, but the Bay Area is in the clear.

Napa and Sonoma counties were previously expected to be impacted by the shutoffs, but PG&E changed course Sunday afternoon because of improved weather conditions.

Roughly 2,300 residents in Napa County and 66 in Sonoma County were previously expected to be impacted by the PSPS.

CAL FIRE tells ABC7 News it has a fire engine strike team on the border of Santa Clara and Alameda Counties, just in case.

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Here is a list of customers by county who could potentially be affected by this PSPS event provided by PG&E:

Fresno County, 359 customers

Madera County, 337 customers

Mariposa County, 1,237

Tuolumne County, 6,293 customers

Tulare, 225 customers