PG&E restor­ing power to many af­ter shut­down

At­ten­tion turns to pos­si­ble wind event early next week

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Hurd

Lights be­gan to come back on for many of the 120,000 res­i­dents who lost power.

Lights be­gan to come back on early Thurs­day for a per­cent­age of the 120,000 North­ern Cal­i­for­ni­ans who were zapped of their power by em­bat­tled util­ity com­pany Pa­cific Gas and Elec­tric dur­ing its lat­est planned power shut­down.

PG&E con­ducted safety pa­trols and in­spec­tions af­ter the winds passed with­out wreak­ing any sig­nif­i­cant havoc. The com­pany said it then started to re-en­er­gize power lines once the in­spec­tions were fin­ished.

The in­spec­tions will con­tinue through the day and had re­stored power to peo­ple in Napa, Solano and Sonoma coun­ties by 7 a.m., the com­pany said.

Power in Co­lusa, Lake, Men­do­cino and Yolo coun­ties was up and run­ning by the same time, and PG&E said Shasta and Te­hama coun­ties were back on board by 8 a.m.

Glenn County had power back by 9 a.m., the com­pany said. They did not say when cus­tomers in Te­hama and Butte County would be re­stored.

Heavy winds and dry con­di­tions that brought red-flag warn­ings for much of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia caused the shut­down, which did not af­fect as many cus­tomers as PG&E ini­tially an­tic­i­pated. The orig­i­nal blackout was ex­pected to de­prive 375,000 of power and af­fect peo­ple in Con­tra Costa and Alameda coun­ties. Those two coun­ties were spared when the weather even was more mild than the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice fore­cast.

Fore­cast­ers with the NWS are keep­ing an eye on a wind pat­tern that could cre­ate prob­lems by Mon­day or Tues­day of next week, me­te­o­rol­o­gist Anna Sc­nei­der said. It was still too soon Thurs­day morn­ing to gauge how se­vere that event will be.

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