Concern over a "historic wind event" led California's largest energy utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG & E), on Friday to prepare electricity for an estimated 850,000 households – or 2.5 million people – in 36 Shutting Down Counties in California The company announced that the state was operating for 48 hours or more this weekend. Northern California's areas that could lose power on Saturday include Humboldt, the Sierra Foreland, the Western Sacramento Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Monterey Bay and the Northern Mid-Coast, customers in the company's southernmost region Like Kern County, which also includes Bakersfield, could shut off power on Sunday. We are aware that a longer shutdown will be very difficult for our customers. We are already working on minimizing the length, including the accumulation of PG & E field workers and contractors and staff. Energy suppliers are ready to begin the inspection, repair and recovery process once the weather is over, "he said CEO and President of PG & E Corporation, Bill Johnson, in a statement.
PG & E has temporarily disrupted the power supply for thousands of customers of the state in recent weeks to stem the possible spread of forest fires.
The company said this weekend could be the strongest weather event in the state for decades with wind speeds up to 100 km / h in the mountains.
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"The upcoming wind event has the potential to be one of the strongest in recent years. It's also likely to be longer than the most recent wind events, which took about 12 hours or less, "said Scott Strenfel, chief meteorologist at PG & E.
Strong winds present a fire hazard as they could damage the electrical system or cause sparks could lead to a fire caused by dry brushes.
The company said it was monitoring the weather and sending alerts when the shutdown should continue.