PG&E Issues PSPS Watch For Monday Night, May Cut Power To 100,000 Customers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 17: The Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) logo is displayed on a PG&E truck on January 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
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Pacific Gas & Electric is warning thousands of customers that it might turn their power off Monday night, in what could be the first Public Safety Power Shutoff event of year. 

Winds in the forecast Monday night through Wednesday morning could bring high fire danger, so PG&E has issued a PSPS Watch, meaning the utility is advising customers that it might cut their electricity. 

“The potential Monday evening PSPS could impact approximately 103,000 customers in portions of 17 counties throughout our service area,” said PG&E Spokesperson Katie Allen. 

Allen told KCBS Radio that includes some customers in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  

Forecasted Offshore Dry Wind Event Means PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of 17 Counties - Customers Who Might Be Affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff Receiving 48-Hour Notifications Tonight

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While she emphasized that the utility has not called for a PSPS yet, she said customers should be prepared for any outage, planned or otherwise. 

“Keep those phone numbers handy of the hospitals, fire department, police,” Allen said. “Also, always keep battery operated flashlights and radios and extra batteries on hand. Gather nonperishable food items that don’t require cooking.” 

Allen added that PG&E has been working to improve the PSPS program over the last year and will only shutoff power as a last resort safety measure.