“We know how much our customers rely on electric service, and we have made the decision to turn off power as a last resort given the extreme fire danger conditions these communities are experiencing,” PG&E spokesman Pat Hogan said.
PG&E said it began notifying affected customers Saturday about possible outages. However, many said Monday they had received little or no notice.
Stewart Munnerlyn was scrambling to find generators to save $8,000 worth of ice cream at his creamery shop in Pine Grove, about 55 miles east of Sacramento. Munnerlyn said he is in Virginia visiting a sick relative and received three text messages Sunday night from PG&E saying it might cut power, but he didn’t know it actually happened until a friend called him.
SAN FRANCISCO – Concerned about brought down electrical cables starting out of control fires, two noteworthy California utilities out of the blue slice capacity to a few clients in the midst of high breezes – and another power supplier was thinking about comparable activity.
Pacific Gas and Electric started slicing power Sunday night to countless clients in Northern California after the National Weather Service cautioned of extraordinary fire risk over the state because of high breezes, low moistness and dry vegetation.
San Diego Gas and Electric stuck to this same pattern Monday, killing capacity to around 360 clients in lower region zones close Cleveland National Forest, where numerous bursts have singed extensive swaths of land as of late.
Pacific Gas and Electric already declared its intend to stop control preemptively after experts rebuked its electrical cables for starting a portion of California’s most damaging out of control fires.
The utility hopes to pay billions of dollars in fierce blaze harms and has looked for approaches to constrain its risk through the courts and Legislature.
PG&E said in regards to 87,000 clients had their capacity stopped and more could be left in obscurity relying upon the climate. Somewhere in the range of 60,000 clients stayed without power. Schools in those influenced territories dropped classes.
PG&E said it anticipated that would reestablish control Monday night to most clients – however a few inhabitants won’t get power back until today.
“They knew what they were going to do, obviously,” Munnerlyn said. “We weren’t given enough notice to properly prepare.”
Kevin Kathman, executive chef of wine country restaurant All Seasons in Calistoga, said $12,000 worth of food at the site would spoil if power isn’t restored soon.
Instead of tossing it, he was planning to cook over a fire during a block party for the “stressed out community” including winery owners in the middle of grape harvest. The power went out Sunday night and Calistoga remained without electricity Monday, even though Kathman said there was no wind.
“It’s a beautiful day,” he said. “We are all in disbelief that it’s not back on.”
PG&E spokeswoman Melissa Subottin said power was also cut to hospitals and other medical providers required to have backup power sources. PG&E officials visited 4,400 medical customers in the affected areas to personally warn them of the outages, she said.
The weather service predicted winds gusting to 55 mph in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento. High winds were also expected in the state’s wine country north of San Francisco.
Southern California Edison said it was considering shutting off power to an undetermined number of customers. Strong wind gusts swept across the region with the arrival of the first fall Santa Ana winds — hot, sustained gusts blowing from the desert to the ocean.
A motorist in the Orange County city of Tustin was killed when a eucalyptus tree fell on her car in an apartment complex. The victim was 34. No further details were released.
Southern California Edison spokesman David Song said about 32,000 of its 5 million customers were experiencing power outages, but no shutdowns had been ordered by the utility. Song said Edison was investigating the cause of those outages.