500,000 Californians in the Dark as Fires Rage Nearby
500,000 Californians in the Dark
as Fires Rage Nearby
High winds and brittle conditions have caused
preemptive power shutoffs in northern and
central California for at least 500,000 people.
The move by Pacific Gas & Electric
(PG&E) is reportedly being done in an
attempt to prevent the spread of wildfires.
This isn’t the first time that PG&E has done
this, as they previously shutoff power to two million
customers for several days in early October.
According to the National Weather
Service, wind gusts of up to 70 mph
are currently effecting the area.
A fire broke out in Sonoma County
early Thursday morning and is reportedly
growing at a “critical rate.” .
It has not yet been contained.
Following the power shutoffs, PG&E reassured
customers that power would be restored when possible.
Once the weather subsides and it is safe
to do so, PG&E crews will begin patrolling
power lines, repairing damaged equipment
and restoring customers, PG&E, via ‘USA Today’.
Any restoration of power may be short-lived however, as
more strong winds are expected on Sunday and Monday.