Utility company set to leave 1.5 million without power in California amid wildfires
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  • 07:06 30 October 2019

Utility company set to leave 1.5 million without power in California amid wildfires

Some 1.5 million people in California are set to lose power due to a massive offshore wind event, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said in a notice. Since Monday, wildfires fanned by strong winds have been raging through two parts of California, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

"Due to a widespread dry, offshore wind event on Tuesday (Oct. 29), through midday Wednesday (Oct. 30), PG&E confirmed today that it is in the process of implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to approximately 597,000 customers in Northern and Southern Sierra, North Bay, Bay Area, Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County", the notice said.
Approximately 500,000 customers are already without electric service as a result of PSPS along with another 400,000 customers who were originally impacted by the October 26 move, the release said.

Earlier in the day, the National Weather Service in San Francisco issued a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills lasting from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from today to 4 PM Wednesday due to high winds and dry conditions. The East Bay Hills have been identified as an area of particular concern.

 

Among those who have fled the fire, which started near the Getty Centre arts complex include celebrities such as actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and basketball star LeBron James.

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