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Tens of thousands without power in Santa Cruz County this morning

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Tens of thousands without power in Santa Cruz County this morning

Tens of thousands without power in Santa Cruz County this morning

The utility company shutting off power this morning to parts of Northern California in an effort to prevent wildfires.

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Tens of thousands without power in Santa Cruz County this morning

OUT OF CONTRA COSTACOUNTY, WHERE AWILDFIRE IS BURNINGEAST OF OAKLAND.EVACUATIONS HAVEBEEN ORDERED.THE FIRE BROKE OUTAROUND 2 THIS MORNINGIN THE TOWN OFMORAGA.THIS IS NEAR SAINTMARY'S COLLEGE.IT'S BEING CALLEDTHE MERRILL FIRE ...GOOD NEWS..FORWARD PROGRESS HASSTOPPED ON THIS FIRE.ITS NOW UP TO 60ACRES THIS MORNINGWITH JUST 15 PERCENTCONTAINMENT.WE'LL CONTINUE TOFOLLOW THISTHROUGHOUT THEMORNING.

### THIS ALL COMES ASHUNDREDS OFTHOUSANDS OF P-G-AND-E CUSTOMERS AREWITHOUT POWER THISMORNING.GOOD THURSDAYMORNING..

THANK YOUFOR JOINING US..

IMLAUREN SEAVER.THE UTILITY ISSHUTTING OFF POWERBECAUSE OF INCREASEDWILDFIRE DANGERS.HERE ON THE CENTRALCOAST..

THE POWERGOING OUT IN PARTS OFSANTA CRUZ COUNTYOVERNIGHT.TAKE A LOOK AT THISOUTAGE MAP.YOU CAN SEE ITSIMPACTING COMMUNITIESFROM WATSONVILLE TOCAPITOLA... TO THESANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS... #ACTION NEWS WAS ONSCENE IN BOULDER CREEKLAST NIGHT DURING THEELEVEN O CLOCK NEWS...WHEN THE POWER WENTOUT.THIS IS WHAT ITLOOKED LIKE AT ELEVEN... YOU CAN SEEHIGHWAY NINE, TOTALLYIN THE DARK...THE ONLY STORE LIT UPWAS A MARKET THERE ONTHE MAIN DRAG...THEY BROUGHT INGENERATORS TO KEEPTHE STORE RUNNING.LOCALS IN THEMOUNTAINS... CALLINGTHIS SHUTOFF...POWERGEDDON.

#MUSIC PLAYINGTHE POWER OUTAGEDIDNT STOP LOCALFROM GATHERING ATJOE'S BAR.THE SHOW WENT ON...WITH AN ACOUSTIC SETBY CANDLELIGHT.NEIGHBORS... COMINGTOGETHER... TRYING TOMAKE THE BEST OF THESITUATION.RIGHT NOW...PG-AND-E DOES NOTHAVE A TIMELINE FORTURNING THE LIGHTSBACK ON...BUT WE ARE TRYINGTO GET ANSWERS.ACTION NEWS ANCHORBRITTANY NIELSEN ISLIVE IN SANTA CRUZ FORUS THIS MORNING...BRITTANY... GOODMORNING..WHAT DO WE KNOW SOFAR?GOOD MORNING LAUREN...LAUREN...WE ARE HERE OUTHERE IN FRONT OF THESANTA CRUZ COUNTYSHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT..HERE IN FRONT OF THESANTA CRUZ COUNTYSHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT..AS FAR AS SCHOOLS INTHE SANTA CRUZCOUNTY AREA...UC-SANTA CRUZCANCELLING CLASSES FORTHE SECOND DAY IN AROW.THERE ARE NO CLASSESTODAY...AND ADMINISTRATIONSERVICES ARE LIMITED.STUDENTS SHOULDCHECK THEIR SCHOOL'SWEBSITE FOR ANYUPDATES ON CLASSESFOR TOMORROW...OTHER SCHOOLSCLOSED TODAY... SANLORENZO AND BOONYDOON SCHOOL DISTRICTSCHOOLS...IN THE SANTACRUZ MOUNTAINS.ALL DUE TO THE PGAND E POWER SHUTOFFS.###MORGAN HILL ISSUINGA CURFEW BECAUSE OFTHE OUTAGE.THE CITY SAYS THECURFEW IS DESIGNED TOREDUCE OPPORTUNITIESFOR CRIME IN BLACKOUTAREAS.THE CURFEWSTARTED LAST NIGHT..IT ENDS AT 6-30 THISMORNING.PEOPLE CAN TRAVELBY VEHICLE ... BUTSHOULD NOT BEWALKING AROUNDTOWN.

###IN THE MIDST OF THEOUTAGES... CENTRALCOAST CONGRESSMANJIMMY PANETTA SAYS HISBIGGEST CONCERN IS TOMAKE SURE THE PUBLICSTAYS INFORMED.CLIP 2086284 4:44:19- 5:12:20"I THINK IT IS OURRESPONSIBILITY TOENSURE THAT OUR CONSTITUENTSHAVETHE APPROPRIATE INFORMATION WHENIT COMES TO PG& E CONDUCTINGTHESE TYPES OF UNFORTUNATE BLACKOUTS BUTTED TO BUT WE HAVE TOMAKE SURE THAT IT IS DONEREASONABLY AND RESPONSIBLY."MEANTIME...GOVERNOR GAVINNEWSOM SAYS HE ISCONSIDERING A STATE OFEMERGENCY IN RESPONSETO THE POWERSHUTOFFS AND FIREDANGER.NEWSOM SAYS THEREARE 75 MILLION DOLLARSSET ASIDE IN THEBUDGET TO HANDLESITUATIONS LIKE THIS.THE OFFICE OFEMERGENCY SERVICESHAS ACTIVATED ITSOPERATIONS CENTER TOHELP MANAGE THEPOWER SHUTOFF.

##CAL FIRE CREWS HAVEBEEN ON HIGH ALERTWITH THE RED FLAGWARNINGS IN EFFECT.THE AGENCY SAYS ITHAS ABOUT 350FIREFIGHTERS ON THEGROUND -- ANDPLANES ANDHELICOPTERSSTRATEGICALLY PLACEDACROSS NORTHERNCALIFORNIA, SHOULD AWILDFIRE SPARK.

##AGAIN... THIS IS WHYTHE MASSIVE SHUTOFFSARE HAPPENING ... TOPREVENT WILDFIRES.PG&E NOT TAKINGANY CHANCES WITH WINDAND RIPE FIRECONDITIONS...LAUREN.... ART..SENDING IT BACK TOYOU.METEOROLOGIST ARTJARRETT IS TRACKINGTHE RED FLAG WARNINGAND WIND THIS MORNIN... WHAT CAN YOU TELLUS?###TO STAY UP TO DATE..MAKE SURE TODOWNLOAD THE KSBWNEWS APP...AND SIGN UPFOR BREAKING NEWSALERTS.AND ON OURWEBSITE...JUST TYPE INKSBW-DOT-COM SLASHOUTAGE FOR MOREINFORMATION.

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