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2019-Oct-26: PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

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2019-Oct-26: PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

Update: 2019-Oct-29 12:00

Service was been restored to approximately 75% of Santa Clara County PG&E customers.

Update: 2019-Oct-28 11:05

Inspections, repairs and restoration began at approximately 08:00 today, Monday, 10/28. PG&E expects to be able to restore power within 24 to 48 hours.

Update: 2019-Oct-28 09:30

Inspections for power restoration in Santa Clara County were scheduled to begin today, 10/28, at 08:00.

Prior to re-energizing, PG&E crews will work to visually inspect each mile of the impacted power lines to ensure they are free from damage and safe to energize. Inspections will take place during daylight hours and, in most cases, PG&E expects to be able to restore power within 24 to 48 hours after extreme weather has passed. For more information, call the PG&E customer service line at 1-800-743-5000. Please also check PG&E's social media accounts for more information on how to prepare before and during a power outage:

Update: 2019-Oct-26 17:30

The timing continues to be fluid as the weather forecast changes. Here is the latest for Santa Clara County from the 17:30 PG&E call:

De-energization Start: 10/26/2019 ~20:00
De-energization Complete / Weather Start: 10/26/2019 ~23:59
All Clear (end of weather event): 10/28/2019 ~08:00
Re-energization: TBD

Wind speeds in Santa Clara County are projected to be 35-45 MPH, with gusts of 55-65 MPH.

Community Resource Centers:

Update: 2019-Oct-26 14:00

As of the 14:00 PG&E update, there are now 6 "timeframes" and Santa Clara County falls into Timeframe 4. The current forecast is:

De-energization: 10/26/2019 20:00
All Clear: 10/28/2019 08:00
Re-energization: TBD

See below for the meaning of the above terms. As always, the weather can changed.

Update: 2019-Oct-26 10:00

De-energization: As with the previous PSPS, there will be several waves of shutoffs as the weather moves from North to South. Santa Clara County is expected to be in the 3rd wave of shutoffs. PG&E estimates that approximately 27,093 customers will be impacted in Santa Clara County.

Duration: The weather (high winds, low humidity) that is causing the dangerous situation is expected to last longer than the previous PSPS. Therefore, the outage time is expected to be longer than the previous PSPS. The "All Clear" designation indicates the end of the weather conditions.

Re-Energization: This wind event is expected to be more severe than the previous PSPS event. So more damage is expected to occur. After the All Clear, PG&E will begin to inspect the transmission and distribution lines and repair any damage that they discover. The time to restoration of power depends on inspection time plus repair time, which can vary, depending on location, time of day (inspection at night is much slower), and degree of damage.

As always, the above dates and times and the areas affected can change as the weather changes.

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Initial Info: 2019-Oct-25 20:50

PG&E is anticipating a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) starting the evening of Saturday, Oct 26th. Their website currently shows it in Watch status, which their website says means there is a "reasonable chance of executing" the PSPS.

PG&E Forcast

The current prediction is that shutoffs will begin at 18:00 in Northern CA counties and will eventually reach Santa Clara County at approximately 22:00 as the weather moves south. AlertSCC notices were sent out at 16:00 today, Oct 25th, to those in the areas that are predicted to be affected.

To look up your address, view maps, and see other information, visit:

As always, the weather can change, causing both the time and location of cutoffs to change. Stay tuned to local news.

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