Dec. 1—With meteorologists forecasting a significant weather system this week in Northern and Central California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is ready to respond to potential power outages and urges customers to be prepared as well.
PG&E meteorologists, along with experts from the National Weather Service, forecast that a significant weather system would move into the region Wednesday night and continue into Thursday, bringing a chance of rain and mountain snow to much of Northern and Central California. Wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph are possible on Thursday.
Another weather system may move into the state over the weekend with more unsettled weather.
Ahead of storms, PG&E stockpiles power poles, powerlines, transformers and other electric equipment at yards throughout our service territory in preparation to restore power to affected areas safely and as quickly as possible.
If needed, local PG&E operations emergency centers will activate in impacted regions to more efficiently allocate crews, materials and other resources to restoration efforts.
"PG&E is prepared for this strong weather system coming through our service area that's expected to hit later (Wednesday night)," said Ron Richardson, Regional Vice President for PG&E's North Coast Division. "We want our North Coast customers to be prepared too. Now is a great time for customers to charge up their cell phones, check flashlights and buy extra batteries, and sign up for alerts on PG&E's website so you stay informed in case of storm-related power outages."
Wet and windy conditions could cause trees, limbs and other debris to fall into powerlines, damage equipment and interrupt electric service. PG&E vegetation management crews work year-round to keep trees away from powerlines.
"As with any wintry weather event, there is the potential of power outages due to rain, gusty winds and mountain snow," said Evan Duffey, a PG&E meteorologist. "Our meteorology team has been tracking this weather system and is coordinating with our Electric Operations to ensure the company is prepared to respond to outages. It's always important for our customers to have an emergency plan in place for themselves and their families, too."
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