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PG&E warns of potential PSPS in Northern California this week

PG&E is warning several customers of a potential public safety power shutoff (PSPS) Wednesday through Friday due to a possible wind event.

Posted: Oct 12, 2020 1:05 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2020 2:55 PM

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – PG&E is warning several customers of a potential public safety power shutoff (PSPS) Wednesday through Friday due to a possible wind event.

The PG&E Emergency Operations Center said it has been activated to prepare for a possible Diablo wind event lasting Wednesday through Thursday, aside from the Northern Sierra that may experience the winds through Friday morning.

Officials with PG&E said the current forecast shows a PSPS Watch in Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 for the upcoming event. PG&E said it is important to note that the PSPS is not executed across entire Zones and more detailed maps where PSPS is being considered will be provided on PG&E’s website Monday evening.

RELATED: Here's what you need to know about a PG&E PSPS

PG&E said this forecast is only meant to provide a high-level overview. Only a portion of a zone may experience a PSPS event.

According to PG&E, at this time, the highest probability areas for executing PSPS are the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills, the mid and higher elevations in the Sierra generally north of Yosemite (northern portion of Zone 8), the North Bay mountains near Mt. St. Helena, small pockets in the East Bay near Mt. Diablo, the Oakland Hills east of Piedmont (generally between highway 24 and Upper San Leandro Reservoir), the elevated terrain east of Milpitas around Calaveras Reservoir, as well as portions of the Santa Cruz and Big Sur mountains.

"The start of the event is more than two days away so event details will likely change as forecast models evolve. We will have more clarity on potential cities and counties impacted in the next 24 hours," said PG&E Monday.

You can find the California counties in each PG&E Geographic Zone that is under a PSPS watch below, some counties may appear in multiple zones:

Zone 2: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity

Zone 3: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma

Zone 4: Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo

Zone 5: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Tehama, Yuba

Zone 6: Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara

Zone 8: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Madera, Mariposa, San Joaquin, Tulare, Tuolumne

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 903684

Reported Deaths: 17343
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2989376989
Riverside657571279
San Bernardino623531072
Orange583261444
San Diego54314868
Kern33775416
Fresno30590436
Sacramento25264484
Santa Clara24014388
Alameda23215460
San Joaquin21630489
Contra Costa18523241
Stanislaus17572396
Tulare17495286
Ventura14192164
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12069140
Monterey1132189
San Mateo11075159
Santa Barbara9760120
Merced9465155
Sonoma9163134
Kings821883
Solano728674
Marin7057128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo414132
Placer408857
Yolo316658
Butte305952
Santa Cruz277125
Napa194215
Shasta184630
Sutter183712
San Benito143615
El Dorado13154
Yuba129310
Mendocino112421
Tehama8628
Lassen7661
Lake68915
Glenn6573
Nevada6088
Humboldt5629
Colusa5506
Calaveras34218
Amador32416
Tuolumne2684
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1930
Del Norte1781
Mono1782
Mariposa782
Plumas680
Modoc290
Trinity260
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 70° Lo: 42°
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Oroville
66° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 66°
Paradise
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Chester
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Hi: 47° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 28°
Red Bluff
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Willows
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Fire danger will be extreme Sunday-Monday as the biggest dry wind event of the season takes shape. A widespread freeze in the Sierra-Cascades as low as single-digit values possible Sunday night. Mild & sunny weather after Tuesday.
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