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

Update: 11-Oct-2019 10:00

As of the 07:30 conference call with PG&E, 94% of customers in Santa Clara County have been restored. Looking at the PG&E Outage Map web page, it looks like most of the remaining areas are due to be restored by 13:00 today. Of course, that can change. But it looks like we're mostly past this one!

 

Update: 09-Oct-2019 14:00

Due to changes in the weather forecast, PG&E has pushed back the de-energization timeframe. The current projected times are:

 

Update: 09-Oct-2019 02:22

PG&E has announced a Public Safety Power Shutoff that is expected to impact about 38,250 customers in Santa Clara County including 1,086 Medical Baseline Customers.*

According to PG&E, customers in the following cities are likely be impacted:
San Jose, Morgan Hill, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Redwood Estates, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Coyote, Gilroy, Mount Hamilton, Palo Alto, Holy City

The shutoff is expected to begin on Wednesday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m. and continue throughout the Red Flag Weather Conditions, which are forecast for a 24-hour duration. At this time, PG&E does not know when power will be restored, but the outage could last for up to seven days.

Expected De-Energization

Duration of Red Flag Warning Weather Conditions

Re-Energization

Wed., 10/9/19, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

24 hours duration

To be determined

During a power shutoff, PG&E encourages residents to take these steps:

Resources that Are Available to You During the Power Shutoff:

For more information on what to do during and after a Public Safety Power Shutoff, visit:  https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oes/Pages/home.aspx

*The Medical Baseline Program, also known as Medical Baseline Allowance, is an assistance program for residential customers who have special energy needs due to qualifying medical conditions. The program includes two different kinds of help:  1) A lower rate on your monthly energy bill, 2) Extra notifications in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff. Visit http://bit.ly/Med-Base to learn more about this program.

Key Resources:

Once the outages start, they will appear on the PG&E Electrical Outages map.

 

Update: 08-Oct-2019 14:55

The PG&E Forecast web page (link below) now shows a PSPS "Warning" for Wednesday and Thursday. By their definition, a "Warning" is for when the event is "probable".

The anticipated start time is listed as 04:00 on Wednesday, Oct 9th. That time is based on the weather forecast and could change if the weather forecast changes (such as if the anticipated winds pick up sooner).

 

Initial Information: 07-Oct-2019

Background:
PG&E has announced a possible Power Safety Power Shutoff incident that is expected to affect up to 29 counties in the State of California, including Santa Clara County. Potential impacts in Santa Clara County include approximately 38,000 customers, including 1,000 medical baseline customers, affected by a power shutoff starting at midnight Wednesday, October 9 and continuing throughout the day on Wednesday and possibly longer. Residents could be without power for up to seven days. They predict at this time that the greatest impacts would likely be in the Diablo Range in the eastern part of the county.

PG&E attributes the planned PSPS to weather conditions and high fire risk. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts gusty offshore winds, Wednesday through early Thursday, along with very low daytime minimum humidity, and poor humidity recoveries at night. The NWS indicated that this will be the strongest offshore wind event so far this season.

Key Messages for Public:

Key Resources:

Key Messages to Amateur Radio Operators:

 

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