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PG&E: Power shutoffs not expected in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo counties

PG&E says power shutoffs are not expected on the Central and South Coast this week, but it’s still possible.

The utility announced Monday that it could shut off power for thousands of customers in Northern and Central California this week as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

The goal of these power shutoffs is to prevent the utility’s equipment from sparking a wildfire during certain weather conditions. PG&E equipment has been blamed in some of the state’s most destructive wildfires in recent years.

According to PG&E, power could be shut off in nearly 30 counties in Central and Northern California beginning Wednesday.

PG&E said a Public Safety Power Shutoff was not expected in the coastal regions of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, however, it is still possible.

The company says there is an “elevated” potential for a power shutoff in the southern part of Santa Barbara County beginning Wednesday and into Thursday.

For more information about Public Safety Power Shutoffs, click here.

On Wednesday, the City of Morro Bay will host a public workshop to talk about how to prepare for power shutoffs. It goes from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harbor Street Fire Station, which is located at 715 Harbor Street. A PG&E representative will be there to talk about potential power shutoffs and what people should do to prepare. The city will also talk about its local hazard mitigation plan.

A Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is not expected in the coastal regions of San Luis Obispo & northern Santa Barara counties (Zone 6). However, farther inland strong northeasterly winds Wednesday into Thursday will increase the potential PSPS level to “Elevated” in (Zone 7).

— John Lindsey (@PGE_John) October 7, 2019

KEYT 2019

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