PG&E power shutoff affects residents in Napa and Solano counties

Thousands of PG&E customers, some in Napa and Solano counties, were in the dark Monday morning because of planned public safety power shutoffs.

At the latest count, 1,260 utility customers are without electricity in eastern Napa County as well as around 850 customers in Solano.

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In total, as many as 7,000 PG&E customers in Northern California were left without power due to high winds over the weekend, with gusts as high as 57 miles per hour at the top of Mt. St. Helena late Sunday night.

The utility was concerned that the strong winds would cause a spark, leading to yet another wildfire this year, prompting the shutoff.

According to one Napa County resident, Tom, the shutoff is a pretty big deal. "It really is," he said. "And I’m in the maintenance industry – I have to run around and take care of my boss’s properties and we have to provide generators."

PG&E has said it’s hopeful that power will be restored within 24 hours for affected customers.