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PG&E’s power shutoffs Wednesday in Northern California

Shutdowns expected in the Bay Area around noon

PG&E’s Oakland K substation is silhouetted at sunset in the hills of Oakland, Calif. Power was supposed to go out at noon in Montclair, but the PG&E shutoff was delayed until later in the evening.

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Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting off power in 34 California counties early Wednesday Oct. 9. The shutdowns started in Northern California and Marin County shortly after midnight, and were expected to begin in the rest of the Bay Area around noon on Wednesday.

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In all, nearly 800,000 PG&E customers may be affected by the outage, which could last for days in some cases.

In the Bay Area, portions of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano, Sonoma and Napa counties are affected.

The approximate boundaries of the potential outage are shown on the map above.

Besides the Bay Area, the notice covers portions of the counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Mariposa, Mendocino, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

PG&E says the map information should be considered a “general guideline.”  For the latest updates or to check whether a specific address is expected to be affected, go to PG&E’s website. The utility will also attempt to notify customers before their electricity is cut.

The planned shutoff was prompted by heightened fire risk amid expected dry and windy conditions on Wednesday.


LARKSPUR, CA – Oct. 9: The sun rises in Larkspur, Calif., behind an electrical transmission tower, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, on the first day of PG&E’s planned safety power outage. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)