UPDATE (Oct. 12, 2019, 12:15 a.m.): Southern California Edison says 3,000 customers remained without power because of Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
UPDATE (Oct. 11, 4 p.m.): PG&E says it has been given an “all clear” for this week’s weather event that led to shutoffs to thousands of Kern County customers since Thursday.
The utility says it will soon begin inspections of its equipment in order to make any necessary repairs and begin restoring power to customers
PG&E spokesperson Katie Allen says 50% of Kern County customers have had their power restored.
About 4,200 PG&E customers in Kern County have been impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
UPDATE (Oct. 11, 2019, 6:15 a.m.) 4,287 PG&E customers were impacted by the PSPS event in Kern on Thursday and 70 have been restored so far, according to a PG&E spokesperson. PG&E will open its community resource center at Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. They will remain open during daylight hours or until power has been restored. Restrooms, bottled water, e-device charging, a/c seating for up to 100 will be available. The community resource center in Taft is closed on Friday, Oct. 11. Click here for the latest information on the PSPS.
UPDATE (Oct. 11, 2019, 5:15 a.m.) 5,283 Southern California Edison customers are impacted by the PSPs event in Tehachapi, Bird Springs, Horse Canyon, Loraine, Sand Canyon and Twin Oaks.
UPDATE (Oct. 10, 2019, 10:40 p.m.): Nearly 10,000 Kern County PG&E and Southern California Edison customers remain without power Thursday night as the utilities shut off power because of potential fire danger from strong winds.
PG&E officials said Thursday night, its third phase of power shut offs were in effect in Kern County since Thursday morning affecting about 4,000 customers. A map on PG&E’s outage website listed the outages affecting about 4,200 customers.
Weather conditions in Kern County resulting in the shut offs are expected to continue into early Friday.
Throughout the state, PG&E says power has been restored to about 426,000 out of 738,000 customers affected by the planned outages.
PG&E officials in San Francisco provided an update on outages in California. You can watch it below.
Southern California Edison says power was shut off to 5,369 Kern County customers Thursday at around 11:45 a.m. in the areas of Tehachapi, Bird Springs, Horse Canyon, Loraine, Sand Canyon and Twin Oaks.
Thursday night, SoCal Edison spokesperson Jude Schneider said there were no estimates for when power would be restored to its customers.
UPDATE (Oct. 9, 2019, 10:30 p.m.): PG&E spokesperson Katie Allen tweeted Wednesday night that PG&E is expecting to shut off power to approximately 4,000 customers in Kern County at around 4 a.m. Thursday.
PG&E says a community resource center will open Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace located at 2800 Buck Owens Boulevard.
PG&E officials said Wednesday, they have significantly reduced the “scope” of possibly impacted customers in Kern County from more than 40,000 to around 4,600.
During a press conference Wednesday, officials announced a website would allow residents to check to see if their address would be impacted by a potential shutoff, but those websites have crashed because of overwhelming traffic.
PG&E says customers can sign up for text alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633.
Meantime, SoCal Edison noted about 19,000 Kern County customers could be impacted by their planned outages as well.
At around noon Wednesday, 65 SoCal Edison customers in the areas of Horse Canyon and Bird Spring Canyon had their power shut off as part of the Public Safety Power Shutoff.
Southern California Edison Customers can check the status of shut offs at this link.
More than 40,000 Kern County PG&E customers may be affected by a power shutoff planned for this week because of elevated fire risk. At a press conference Tuesday evening, officials said Kern County customers can expect to experience power outages Thursday evening into Friday morning.
PG&E said the shutoff is being considered as meteorologists are monitoring a dry, windy weather pattern that is moving into Kern County tomorrow through late Thursday that could pose a wildfire risk. Valley Air District officials have issued a health warning for the entire San Joaquin Valley.
PG&E said portions of most cities in Kern County could be affected. Here’s the full list: Bakersfield, Arvin, Buttonwillow, Dustin Acres, Edison, Fellows, Lamont, Lebec, Maricopa, McFarland, McKittrick, Mettler Station, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi, Tupman, Valley Acres and Wasco.
The 42,374 local customers that could be impacted is just a small portion of more than 800,000 customers across northern and central California that are expected to be affected.
It has not been announced how long the shutoff is planned for. However, PG&E said customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage if the weather event doesn’t quickly subside.
According to PG&E, it could take 24 to 48 hours after the shutoff is ended for power to return, possibly leaving customers without power for several days.
“We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations.
As part of preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:
- Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 so they can receive alerts.
- Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
- Identify backup charging methods for phones.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
The company said it is in the process of notifying customers who may be affected by the shutoff. Currently, the shutoff is only in the “Warning” stage, meaning a shutoff is possible. If the system changes to “Watch,” that means there is a confirmed shutoff within 24 to 48 hours. The “Activation” stage means the shutoff is in effect.
PG&E said it has had six “activations” since March 2018, with the most amount of customers affected from one of these being around 60,000.
Customers are encouraged to visit pge.com/pspsupdates for the most up-to-date Public Safety Power Shutoff information.