NAPA COUNTY (CBS SF) – Weak coastal winds on Thursday led Pacific Gas and Electric officials to cancel a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff event for most of the customers that will be affected in the North Bay, according to the utility .
After the aerial winds became weaker Thursday morning, officials said the reduced scope of the PSPS event would affect nearly 5,500 customers previously notified about the PSPS potential in the 10 provinces that led to PG&E to notify customers of cancellation.
On Wednesday, PG&E estimates 16,000 customers parts of 12 provinces could be affected by potential expiration starting early Thursday morning.
The customers notified reside in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Napa, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, and Yolo provinces.
Ang PG&E outage map on utility website currently shows no PSPS losses.
However, officials said rising winds in the Southern region of the PG&E service area could prompt a PSPS affecting approximately 670 customers in Kern County. Customers have been notified that potential closures could begin on Thursday night around midnight.
A release issued by the utility noted that customers no longer considered for a PSPS Thursday should remain aware that unexpected outages are still possible for other reasons, including debris or wildlife interacting with powerlines. In the case of such incidents, PG&E personnel will work to safely restore power as quickly as possible which is determined to be safe to reactivate the system.
More information about the planned power outages can be found online at pge.com/pspsupddd.