Millions of Californians could be without power for a week

A traffic cone sits next to a Pacific Gas & Electric truck on Jan. 17 2019 in Fairfax California

A traffic cone sits next to a Pacific Gas & Electric truck on Jan. 17 2019 in Fairfax California

In recent years, the company's equipment has sparked wildfires, including the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, which destroyed the Town of Paradise and left 86 people dead.

PG&E has released a statement saying 34 counties in the Bay Area will be without power starting October 9.

PG&E says residents should prepare for outages possibly lasting several days, which means that this could have a large impact on many customers throughout the state.

In Emeryville, just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, the Home Depot was almost sold out of back-up generators by Tuesday morning. That's why some have taken matters into their own hands, creating new ways to protect their horses.

"This will likely be the strongest offshore wind event so far this season", McLean said. Isolated areas could have winds of 60 to 70 miles per hour.

The company apologized for the outage in a tweet, said it was working to fix the problem, and urged clients in another post to sign up for alerts via text message.

Shutoffs for the second phase of counties, initially scheduled to start around noon on Wednesday, have been delayed by a few hours, given changes to the weather forecast.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo urged residents on Monday to prepare to be without power for as long as seven days.

Cities all through the Bay Space hurried to arrange for an influence shutoff that might have an effect on hundreds of residents for days at a time. As the Times discusses, PG&E speaks in terms of "customers", but a single power customer might be an entire IKEA store, or an apartment building, so the numbers we're hearing don't actually reflect the impacts. Its website, where people could check whether their addresses would be affected, was down Tuesday afternoon after being overloaded with visitors.

In the largest preventive outage in state history, two California power utilities will cut power to more than 900,000 customers from Wednesday midnight to curb new wildfires.

Michael Wara, a research fellow on energy policy at Stanford University who lives in Mill Valley, north of San Francisco, said his home lost power at 2 a.m. Wednesday even though there was no wind in the area. "We don't want any more fires, obviously, but I feel like they are going a little overboard".

Siemens was preparing by having her vehicle gassed up, stocking up with bottled water and flashlights and making sure all of the family's electronic devices were fully charged.

At the Basque Boulangerie Cafe, workers used battery-powered lights and kept track of cash-only sales by listing them on a sheet of paper.

"The power will be turned off to communities in stages, depending on local timing of severe wind conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state", reads the October 8 press release.

The move came after two years of catastrophic fires sent Pacific Gas & Electric into bankruptcy and forced it to take more aggressive steps to prevent blazes. Pacific Gasoline & Electrical and a gaggle of insurers say they've reached an $11 billion settlement to cowl numerous claims from the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California.

Counties now under watch include Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles. Authorities reminded people to park their vehicles outside garages or make sure they know how to manually open their garage doors.

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