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Latest from PG&E on PSPS power outages

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is turning off power to people in targeted portions of 38 counties.

Posted: Oct 24, 2020 5:46 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2020 7:36 PM

Updated 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 - On Sunday PG&E communicated more information about the PSPS power outages.

A spokesperson said by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, 225,000 customers had their electricity turned off. They said the rest of the customers would have their service turned off over the next 4-6 hours. Shortly after midnight, they expect all 361,000 customers targeted in this power outage to be completely without electricity.

One Paradise resident contacted Action News Now and said it was the most unusual PSPS they have yet experienced. Steve Taddi called from Pearson Road and said between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. there was a very slow drawdown of power. Taddi was worried about his appliances and his mother's medical equipment. He said his air conditioner was off, but the unit started buzzing. Lights dimmed in some rooms and did not turn on in other rooms. His smoke alarms started beeping. He said he will not know until power is restored on Tuesday whether or not his air conditioning unit is still operational.

The PSPS tent in Paradise at Skyway and Neal is not open for this PSPS event. The Paradise Luthern Church is the only Paradise location. There is another in Magalia at Pines Baptist Church. HERE IS THE LINK to the PG&E page with a list of PSPS outage tents and vans.

Here is Sunday's 6:00 p.m. YouTube press conference about the PSPS shutoffs.

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CALIFORNIA - Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is preparing to turn off power to people in targeted portions of 38 counties early Sunday morning. PG&E emphasized Saturday that the PSPS event is not yet official, but preparations are being made in case it is deemed necessary.

PSPS outage warnings have gone out to customers that may be impacted through texts, emails and phone calls. These notices began on Friday afternoon. Customers enrolled in the company's Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received a notice will be individually visited in person by a PG&E employee with a knock on their door when possible. A primary focus will be given to customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining medical equipment said PG&E officials.

CLICK HERE for the latest information from PG&E on what you need to know during a PSPS event. That link includes important resources and other links for critical public safety information. PG&E's emergency website is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsi, Arabic, Hmong, Khmer, Punjabi, and Japanese. The PG&E website can be found HERE.

Below we have embedded a video message from PG&E with more details about the potential power outages. A wind event starting Sunday morning is the reason for this preparation. The forecast is for the lowest humidity and the strongest winds of the fire season thus far. Extremely dry and windy conditions could carry any fires that start through critically dry vegetation.

The highest probability areas for this PSPS include terrain in the northern and western Sacramento Valley; the Northern and Central Sierra; as well as higher terrain in the Bay area, including the Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast Region, and portions of southern Kern.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1215455

Reported Deaths: 19151
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Los Angeles3958437639
San Bernardino930191129
Riverside868541437
San Diego81084997
Orange778191577
Kern41328448
Fresno38288481
Sacramento36905576
Santa Clara34292476
Alameda29476512
San Joaquin25742502
Contra Costa23895261
Stanislaus21714424
Tulare20701308
Ventura19510175
Imperial16019356
San Francisco15450160
Monterey15328121
San Mateo14148170
Sonoma12198157
Merced11688179
Santa Barbara11481135
Kings1109387
Solano1025281
Marin7755129
Placer649768
San Luis Obispo612936
Madera611985
Shasta488247
Yolo482776
Santa Cruz442628
Butte389459
Sutter333216
Napa303317
El Dorado24154
Yuba203610
San Benito188016
Lassen17733
Tehama167825
Mendocino145823
Nevada12729
Tuolumne9818
Glenn9258
Lake92019
Humboldt8509
Colusa7116
Siskiyou6242
Amador56316
Mono5483
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3281
Inyo29016
Plumas2150
Trinity1580
Mariposa1312
Modoc1310
Alpine500
Sierra190
Unassigned00
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