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08 Oct 2019 | 09:56 AM UTC

US: Power cuts possible in California as of October 9

United States of America News Alert

Power cuts may be implemented as of October 9 due to risk of forest fires; significant business and transportation disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/18/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION California

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Event

Energy company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced on Monday, October 7, that it may cut power to residents in 30 counties due to strong, dry winds posing a threat for forest fires. The National Weather Service has issued a warning of the potential of rapid spread of fire, as well as potentially strong, damaging winds with low humidity.

If implemented, the cuts may last up to seven days and may affect northern, central, coastal and Bay Area counties, or an estimated 2 million residents.  

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation, keep battery-operated devices fully charged whenever possible, and to be cautious when driving or crossing streets if traffic signals are not functioning.

 

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