PG&E cuts power to hundreds of thousands in California to prevent wildfires

Millions of people in California woke up in the dark Wednesday after Pacific Gas & Electric started shutting off power to prevent what the utility called an unprecedented wildfire danger.

PG&E said it cut power to more than 500,000 customers in Northern California and that it plans to gradually turn off electricity to nearly 800,000 customers to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather.

A second group of about 234,000 customers will lose power starting at noon, the utility said.

The utility plans to shut off power in parts of 34 northern, central and coastal California counties to reduce the chance of fierce winds knocking down or toppling trees into power lines during a siege of hot, dry, gusty weather. …

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  1. Linda Grace says

    I can’t believe what caos they have created by shutting off all the power!!
    I see more lawsuits in their future because of the losses they have created.
    Huge Business losses, job loss (pay) life’s lost, it’ll be awful and we the public will pay for it by rate increases! But we have no say in the matter!!

  2. I hope they only cut power to the people who were already in the dark.

  3. SHANE CONWAY says

    I hope you all are going to file for refunds for the power you are not getting.

  4. Daniel Wright says

    If the state hadn’t caved to pressure from environmental fascists to preserve the “habitat” of “endangered species” The deaths of a town and many of it’s residents could have been avoided. The underbrush left in the forests was kindling for the fire,making it much bigger and deadly. The underbrush was a fuse begging to be lit. I wonder if an assessment of just how many “endangered” animals were barbecued in the name of animal rights was conducted.

  5. I imagine whenever the power is turned back on (several days in some areas) we will start hearing from those affected by this fiasco and the damage it caused them personally as well as those medically dependent on electricity for cpap and sleep apnea equipment. One thing you can always count on is that the DNC in all their “feel good” schemes the end results always show up negative. But on the other hand so has the Socialist/Communist programs.

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