PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff: What you need to know

PG&E plans to turn off power to 600000 addresses to prevent wildfires

In an unprecedented move, Pacific Gas & Electric said it will shut off power to about 800,000 customers across Northern California in a desperate attempt to avoid wildfires caused by winds damaging power equipment.

Affected customers include some residents and businesses of Morgan Hill and other areas of Santa Clara County, according to PG&E's map of the anticipated impact area.

Almost 800,000 California homes and businesses can expect to lose electricity for up to several days from Wednesday, in a planned PG&E power shutdown of unprecedented scale due to heightened wildfire risks from high winds, the utility said.

PG&E's address-lookup map, https://m.pge.com/#event-map, is meant to help customers learn whether their homes and places of work will be affected by shutoffs, but overwhelming traffic to the utility's website rendered the feature inaccessible at times Tuesday. The shutoff will affect customers in parts of 34 counties.

Some of the most destructive blazes in California in recent years were started by PG&E power lines.

Before PG&E restores power to customers they company explained that it must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs.

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch driven by a potentially widespread, strong and dry wind event Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon.

San Francisco's BART commuter rail system told riders it doesn't expect a disruption in service, adding that it's been working closely with PG&E for the past several months to prepare for a planned outage.

Update your contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.

PG&E has been in the process of notifying potentially impacted customers of the October 9 outage and will continue to do so, via automated calls, texts and emails, reads Tuesday's press release.

Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power. This means doing regular safety checks and being sure you have enough fuel to last a few days.

Stock up on flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies.

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