PG&E Will Turn Off Power To 800,000 Customers

Outages could last days

All News KCBS Radio
October 08, 2019 - 3:10 pm
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PG&E customers in parts of 34 counties across Northern and Central California — including a wide range of the Bay Area —  will lose electrical service as part of a sweeping attempt to reduce wildfire risk across the state. 

The intentional outage could affect 800,000 customers beginning at midnight Wednesday as the combination of sustained winds, arid conditions and warm temperatures increase the likelihood that fire can start and spread quickly.

The actual number of people who lose electricity could be far higher as multiple people in individual homes and businesses endure the shutdown. 

Parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano county will have the power cut. 

San Francisco is the only part of the Bay Area that is entirely outside of PG&E potential shutdown zone.

A page on PG&E's website where people can check what addresses are affected has worked only intermittently on Tuesday.

There is a map to search for affected areas on the San Francisco Chronicle. 

The risk of fire should subside around midday Thursday when the sustained winds dissipate. 

Many Schools across the region will be closed as a result of the power shutoffs. 

Sonoma County

 

  • Alexander Valley (closed Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10)
  • Bennett Valley Union School District (closed Wednesday, Oct. 9)
  • Cloverdale Unified School District (closed Wednesday, Oct. 9)
  • Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (closed Wednesday, Oct. 9)
  • Credo High Charter School (closed Wednesday, Oct. 9)
  • Geyserville Unified School District (closed Wednesday, Oct. 9)
  • Horicon School District (closed Wednesday, Oct. 9)
  • Kashia School District (closed Wednesday, Oct. 9)
  • Kawana Springs Elementary (within Bellevue School District) will be closed on Wednesday. 
  • Kenilworth Junior High in the Petaluma City Schools district will be closed.
  • Mark West Union School District (closed Wednesday with a projected closure on Thursday, Oct. 10 as well)
  • Old Adobe Union School District: Only Sonoma Mountain and Old Adobe charter schools closed for Wednesday, Oct. 9
  • Piner-Olivet Union School District (closed Wednesday)
  • Rincon Valley School District (closed Wednesday; decisions for Thursday and Friday pending)
  • Santa Rosa City Schools—only the following schools as of now. The district website should be checked for updates.
  • Maria Carrillo High
  • Rincon Valley Middle
  • Santa Rosa Middle
  • Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Proctor Terrace Elementary
  • Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School
  • Lewis Education Center 
  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District (closed Wednesday through Friday)
  • Sonoma County Office of Education: Skylane campus, El Colegio preschool, and Transition classes will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 9. 
  • Waugh School District (closed Wednesday with non-student days on Thursday and Friday, with teachers still running conferences)
  • West Side Union School District (closed Wednesday)
  • Windsor Unified School District (closed Wednesday with a projected closure on Thursday, Oct. 10 as well)
  • Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park is canceling classes Wednesday.

Alameda County 

  • Skyline High School in Oakland
  • U-C Berkeley has canceled classes today...but says the campus will remain open.
  • Classes are also canceled at Mills College today/Wednesday AND tomorrow/Thursday.