Humboldt County Now On List of Potential PG&E PSPS

Portions of Humboldt County have been added to the potential scope of PG and E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), in addition to the 30 counties identified Monday. Overall, based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 mph, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 mph. Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. That process cannot begin until the severe weather event has subsided. Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage. No word as yet concerning projections of how long that will be.