The gates will start as early as 6 am local time and be late between 4 and 4 pm and affect the Northern California areas of the Sierra Foothills, the Northern Gulf and the Northern Valley.
"PG&E will safely restore power as soon as possible in order to restore most customers by Thursday based on current weather conditions," the company said. Said.
"Estimates show that strong winds should last until mid-morning on Thursday. After strong winds fall, PG&E will check the energized lines for damage during the wind event and then check to restore power."
This utility has cut thousands of people several times over the past weeks. The practice, known as Public Safety Preventive Shutdowns, deliberately cuts off electricity to avoid fires in strong winds and dry conditions.
In order not to be blamed for another forest fire, some organizations have decided to cut off power during strong winds when the risk of fire rises. In addition to PG & E, subsidiary California Southern Edison has also shut down power in the affected areas in the past.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state could take over the public service if it does not come out of bankruptcy in the middle of next year.
“PG&E knows, as we know, you can or can't solve it, News Newsom said. If they can't, we won't sit down and be passive. ” "If Pacific Gas and Electric cannot secure its own destiny and future … then the state will prepare itself for a scenario that we do for them."