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.
“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.