PG&E’s anticipated public safety power shutoffs

/ 02:20 AM October 10, 2019


SAN FRANCISCO — Based on current forecast of weather conditions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) anticipates a Public Safety Power Shutoff to more than 600,000 customers across portions of nearly 30 northern, central, coastal and Bay Area counties.

PG&E expects to begin turning off power for safety early Wednesday morning based on an anticipated period of peak winds from early Wednesday morning lasting through Thursday midday. Elevated weather conditions, including potential fire risk, are forecasted to begin around 4 a.m. Wednesday and last until noon on Thursday.


In response, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for vast portions of Northern California for midweek. The National Interagency Fire Center’s Geographic Area Coordination Center is also forecasting significant fire potential across Northern California beginning on Wednesday of this week.

Customers may be affected by a power shutoff even though they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their area. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.


For updates related to this potential PSPS event, visit It is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean and Russian. Customers can also contact 1.800.743.5000 to speak to customer service representatives and request an over the phone interpretation services. 

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