Red Flag Warning, Wind Advisory in effect tonight amid threat of PG&E power shutoffs


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)’s warning that it could turn off power early Monday morning remains in effect because of dangerous wildfire conditions.

Sixteen counties, including Napa and Sonoma, could see Public Safety Power Shutoffs due to dry conditions and high winds. About 92,000 customers could be affected which is down from Friday’s estimated 130,000 count. PG&E says the decrease is due to the changing weather conditions.

#PSPS: Forecasted High Winds & Dry Conditions Mean PG&E Might Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Parts of 16 Counties Early Monday – Late-season wind event proving unpredictable as updated forecast adds some counties & drops others from the PSPS

— PG&E (@PGE4Me) December 6, 2020

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory and Red Flag Warning that will take effect Sunday night at 11 p.m., continuing through 11 a.m. Monday. Both the warning and advisory are in effect in the North Bay, San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula, Diablo Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Winds are supposed to have gusts up to 50-mph, the weather service said.

A 🍃Wind Advisory🍃 has been issued for the entire North Bay, East Bay and SF Peninsula, along w/the Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range, from 11PM Sunday Night through 11 AM PST Monday. NW of 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Winds will subside by late Monday morning. #CaWx

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) December 6, 2020

Gusty offshore winds tonight and Monday morning will result in critical fire weather conditions. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of the #BayArea from 11 PM tonight through 11 AM PST Monday.

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) December 6, 2020

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Roughly 2,300 residents in Napa County and 66 in Sonoma County could be still impacted by the PSPS.

Butte, Kern and Plumas counties have now been added to the PSPS scope area; there are less than 100 customers expected to be impacted in these counties combined, PG&E says.

CAL FIRE tells ABC7 News it has a fire engine strike team on the border of Santa Clara and Alameda Counties – just in case.

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Here is a list of customers by county who could potentially be affected by this PSPS event provided by PG&E:

Alpine County: 574 customers, 7 Medical Baseline customers

Amador County: 4,244 customers, 318 Medical Baseline customers

Butte County: 8,713 customers, 801 Medical Baseline customers

Calaveras County: 10,867 customers, 450 Medical Baseline customers

El Dorado County: 28,358 customers, 1,926 Medical Baseline customers

Fresno County: 466 customers, 16 Medical Baseline customers

Kern County: 5 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers

Lake County: 24 customers, 0 Medical Baseline customers

Napa County: 2,378 customers, 104 Medical Baseline customers

Nevada County: 22,931 customers, 1,313 Medical Baseline customers

Placer County: 6,401 customers, 420 Medical Baseline customers

Plumas County: 344 customers, 20 Medical Baseline customers

Sonoma County: 66 customers, 1 Medical Baseline customers

Tulare County: 233 customers, 3 Medical Baseline customers

Tuolumne County: 5,173 customers, 232 Medical Baseline customers

Yuba County: 1,507 customers, 125 Medical Baseline customers

Total: 92,286 customers, 5,736 Medical Baseline customers

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