PG&E is planning for a second Public Safety Power Shutoff this week.
The utility says Thursday's outage will affect roughly 29,000 customers across 19 counties. Forecasters say there will be a shift in wind patterns to a strong off-shore flow starting Thursday morning. Many of the same customers who lost power Monday will be knocked offline again. “Pacific Gas and Electric Company meteorologists continue to monitor a potential weather system that could bring dry offshore winds to parts of Northern and Central California beginning in the early morning hours Thursday—the second such wind event this week,” the utility said in a statement. “With the potential PSPS event two days away, conditions may change. PG&E’s in-house meteorologists, as well as its Wildfire Safety Operations Center and Emergency Operations Center, continue to closely monitor conditions. PG&E will share additional customer notifications as conditions evolve.”
The company measures its likelihood of triggering these shutoffs using four categories: Not Planned, Elevated, PSPS Watch and PSPS Warning, according to KCRA3.
Thursday’s event is in the “elevated” category.