PG&E monitoring potential weather event that could lead to power shutoffs
Pacific Gas and Electric Company operational and meteorological teams are monitoring a potentially strong offshore wind event on Wednesday, November 20. The forecast remains uncertain, but there is a possibility that the weather could prompt a Public Safety Power Shutoff, or PSPS, for some customers in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay. During late fall, PG&E's service territory typically experiences dry vegetation that are ripe for igniting or spreading a wildfire. But dry vegetation conditions have worsened further due to above average temperatures for this time of year, the lack of rain and the recent series of extreme wind events. Both the forecast and the scope of the weather event remain very fluid three days ahead of the event. At present, projections reflect a possible weather event similar to previous PSPS events that impacted about 180,000 customers.