PG&E's Thursday shutoff could affect 2K fewer Bay Area customers than expected

A Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) truck sits at the scene of a three-alarm fire that started after a construction crew hit a gas line on February 07, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
A Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) truck sits at the scene of a three-alarm fire that started after a construction crew hit a gas line on February 07, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

About 2,300 fewer PG&E customers in the Bay Area could be affected by Thursday's Public Safety Power Shutoff than expected.

A day after estimating 7,115 customers in Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties could be without power on Thursday due to dry, windy conditions, PG&E downgraded its approximation to 4,816 customers in Napa, Sonoma and Solano.

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The utility announced on Wednesday that 16,000 customers in 12 Northern California and Central California counties could have their power turned off. PG&E initially estimated on Tuesday that 29,000 customers in 19 counties could’ve been affected.

PG&E said on Tuesday that "essentially all" of approximately 25,000 customers affected by this week’s earlier Public Safety Power Shutoff had their power restored. The utility said conditions for Thursday’s shutoff are expected "to be weaker" than earlier this week, but "critical fire weather conditions" remain in parts of the "elevated Bay Area."

Portions of Napa and Solano counties will be under a Red Flag Warning on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.