UPDATE: PG&E to begin power shut-offs after midnight Tuesday
PG&E announced Tuesday afternoon that it will proactively turn off power to nearly 800,000 households across northern and central California early Wednesday morning.
The Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of 34 counties will occur as a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the forecasted severe wind event, according to the company.
PG&E expects to begin turning off power in some areas early Wednesday, just after midnight. The power will be turned off to communities in stages, depending on local timing of the severe wind conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state. Based on PG&E's current outage maps, Sonoma Valley can expect to be included in the planned outages.
The company has been notifying potentially impacted customers and will continue to do so, via automated calls, texts and emails. However, customers not impacted by the PSPS may experience power outages due to PG&E equipment damaged during this major wind event, according to PG&E’s Tuesday announcement, and those customers will not be notified in advance.
Portions Marin County have been added to the potential scope of this PSPS, in addition to the 30 counties identified Monday.
Customers can find the full list of impacted counties, cities and communities at pge.com/pspsupdates.
PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 mph, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 mph, based on the latest weather forecasts and models.
Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. That process cannot begin until the severe weather event has subsided.
Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage.
PG&E will open Community Resource Centers in several locations beginning on Wednesday, October 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities. None are planned for Sonoma Valley at this time. The nearest centers to Sonoma is the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building at 1351 Maple Ave. in Santa Rosa.
The City of Sonoma, in collaboration with the county, will open a Charging Center at the Sonoma Veteran's Building that will provide places for the community to be able to plug in and recharge devices from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Check your address on the planned outage map (updated regularly):
The Sonoma County Sheriff's office advises:
- Call 911 if you see a crime happening, see suspicious activity, or have a life-threatening emergency
- Call 2-1-1 if you need services.
- Call 1-800-743-5002 for PG&E power outage information.