Energy company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) confirmed on the evening (local time) of Tuesday, October 8, that it will preemptively cut power to around 800,000 customers in northern and central California. The outages will start just after 00:01 on Wednesday, October 9, and impact parts of 34 counties. PG&E officials decided to shut off power to reduce the risk of wildfire as strong, damaging winds with low humidity are forecast to hit the region on Wednesday and into Thursday, December 10. A full list of the counties and cities to be impacted by the outages can be found here.
During the power outages, PG&E will also open community resource centers with restrooms, bottled water, and air conditioning, and charging ports during daylight hours for customers who have lost electricity. A full list of the centers can be found on the company website. Associated business and transportation disruptions are likely in areas affected by the outages.
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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