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.
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.