Pacific Gas and Electric have announced weather patterns in the Northern California region are being monitored for the possibility of a Public Safety Power Shutoff on Tuesday night for some areas, and Wednesday night for others.
According to forecasting published by PG&E Mendocino, Sonoma, and Lake Counties could face a PSPS starting Tuesday. Those and Humboldt, Trinity, Shasta, and other Northern California Counties could see their power cut on Wednesday night.
PG&E characterized the risk of a PSPS as “elevated” which they define as “An upcoming event (a period of gusty winds, dry conditions, heightened risk) is being monitored for an increased potential of a PSPS event.”
PG&E stated their forecasting suggests an “upper-level weather system will progress through the Pacific Northwest Tuesday into Wednesday and produce dry, northerly winds across Northern CA.”
These winds are expected to increase Tuesday night with the potential for “maximum wind gusts from 30 – 45 mph with isolated gusts to 50 mph.”
As to Wednesday night, PG&E predicts, “Weaker northerly winds are also possible late Wednesday into Thursday.”
Factors that are enhancing the potential danger in the forecast include relative humidity of 15%-30% and the areas affected being “historically dry” and “very susceptible to new fire ignitions.”
We will continue to monitor PG&E’s PSPS forecasting to bring residents the most up-to-date information about the potential of power outages.
The following is a list of tips/tricks/wisdom to keep in mind when navigating a Public Safety Power Shutoff:
How to Prepare for the Public Safety Power Shutoff
- The following infographic from PG&E details suggested supplies residents should gather to prepare for the PSPS:
- The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents, “Remember that gas pumps and ATMs don’t work without electricity. Best to fill up and try to keep your tank at least half full in case of a #PSPS2020Mendo.”
- This website from FDA.gov provides practical strategies to keep the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer as low as possible during extended power outages.
- This website from FoodSafety.gov provides a detailed list of food that can be saved and food that must be thrown out after any sort of extended power outage.
- As residents prepare for the Public Safety Power Shutoff, many will be purchasing or operating a backup power system for their residence or business. We would like to provide some guidance in purchasing and safely utilizing this equipment.
How to Monitor the Public Safety Power Shutoff
- This tool allows residents to look up if their specific address will be affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff.
- Click here to monitor PG&E’s 7 Day Public Safety Power Shutoff Potential and a map of the affected Geographic Zones.
- Residents interested in monitoring scanner traffic during the high-wind event, use the following links to access the scanner specific to each Emerald County: