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PG&E finds at least 13 instances of damage or hazards to equipment as it turns on power to customers

The nearly 65,000 customers impacted by this past weekend's PSPS had their power restored by Monday night.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Customers who had their power shut off over the weekend by PG&E had it restored by Monday evening, the electric company said.

According to a press release, while inspecting 3,915 miles of transmission and distribution power lines for damage or hazards, 13 instances of weather-related damage was found to have occurred. During the shutoffs, PG&E recorded peak wind gusts in the following areas:

  • Mount Saint Helena West (Sonoma County) — 73 mph gusts
  • Jarbo Gap (Butte County) — 72 mph gusts
  • Mount Diablo (Contra Costa County) — 66 mph gusts

PG&E began shutting off power Sunday, Sept. 27, in portions of four Northern California counties, about 11,000 customers in Butte, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties. Another 54,000 customers in 12 more counties were affected by Sunday night. 

Sonoma County, which saw the Glass Fire pop up over the weekend, had only two customers impacted by PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoffs. 

In total, just over 65,000 customers were affected. PG&E Incident Commander Mark Quinlan said the initial plan was to temporarily cut service to 89,000 customers, but monitoring enabled a reduction of 27%.

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