(AP) 11:10 a.m.
California's largest utility says as many as 2 million people will remain without power at least through Thursday as a precaution to protect against wildfires.
Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman Mark Mesesan said Wednesday it may take days to restore power because power lines and equipment must be checked before being re-energized.
PG&E cut out power to about half a million customers early Wednesday and says it plans to shut off electricity at noon to another 234,000, many of them in the San Francisco Bay Area. Another 43,000 customers could lose power later in the day.
Mesesan says the outages are a safety measure.
One utility customer represents between two and three people.