450,000 in NorCal to lose power

Lodi News-Sentinel - - STATE - By Ale­jan­dra ReyesVe­larde

LOS AN­GE­LES — About 450,000 peo­ple will be with­out power start­ing at 7 a.m. Wed­nes­day as dry weather and strong winds roll through North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, in­creas­ing the risk of fires.

The num­ber of af­fected cus­tomers was cut in half from Pa­cific Gas & Elec­tric’s orig­i­nal estimates, af­fect­ing 18 coun­ties. The shut­offs will be­gin with

Lake, Men­do­cino, Napa, Solano and por­tions of Sonoma and Yolo coun­ties, the util­ity gi­ant said.

North val­leys, in­clud­ing Shasta and por­tions of Te­hema coun­ties, will see shut­offs start­ing at 8 a.m. The north­ern Sierra foothills, in­clud­ing Butte and Plumas coun­ties, may ex­pe­ri­ence shut­offs as late as 4 p.m.

Cus­tomers can learn when they are ex­pected to lose power on PG&E’s web­site. The util­ity said it ex­pects to re­store elec­tric­ity by the end of the day Thurs­day.

Fire danger across the re­gion is ex­pected through Thurs­day morn­ing, with a red flag warn­ing in place, as a low-pres­sure sys­tem de­scends into South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, bring­ing the first rain of the sea­son.

Wind gusts in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia may reach 55 mph, with hu­mid­ity lev­els in the teens, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. Overnight conditions aren’t ex­pected to lessen fire risks, fore­cast­ers said.

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