The Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utility company in California state warned on Tuesday, November 19, that precautionary power outages may affected customers in 16 counties in northern and central parts of the state from Wednesday, November 20, through Thursday, November 21. Around 181,000 homes and businesses may lose power on these days in order to reduce the risk of wildfires. Affected areas include the Sierra Foothills, North Valley, and North Bay. Current forecasts are calling for strong winds and low humidity in the region, creating high-risk fire conditions. Up-to-date information on the potential power cuts can be found on the company website here.
Associated business and transportation disruptions are possible if the blackouts come into effect.
PG&E implemented similar precautionary power outages throughout the month of October impacting an estimated 1.5 million people in northern and central California.
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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