Update (10/15) — PG&E has determined the weather conditions are safe for the power to be restored after yesterday’s PSPS.
Those affected by the PSPS should expect to have power back on between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to PG&E. At this time PG&E crews are patrolling and inspecting the de-energized lines to make sure none were damaged during the wind event and are safe for energizing.
PG&E warns customers it is possible for another weather event to occur tonight and that they may turn off power overnight.
PG&E says customers who do not get power back tonight, expect it to be back on Saturday evening.
(10/14) — PG&E will open a community resource center for those that may be affected by tonight’s PSPS.
The community resource center will be located at the Lebec Post Office located at 2132 Lebec Rd. and will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight. The center will provide blankets, snacks, water, device charging, ADA-accessible restrooms, washing stations, and Wi-Fi.
PG&E recommends the following PSPS preparedness tips:
- Plan for medical needs such as medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
- Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
- Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) (10/13) — PG&E has sent out a one-day notification to 12 counties, including Kern County, stating they may have to shut off power for public safety.
The company says that due to a wind event along with the current drought conditions it may need to turn the power off tomorrow evening. In Kern County this could possibly effect 657 customers, including 34 medical baseline customers.
PG&E’s shutoff will include customers in East Bakersfield in the are of Comanche Drive and south of Bakersfield in the Fort Tejon and Lebec areas ,according to the PG&E PSPS outage map.
The estimated shutoff time is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the estimated restoration time is October 17 at 12 p.m.
If power is shutoff Thursday evening, this would be the second PSPS from PG&E this week.
Southern California Edison does not have any Kern County customers under consideration for a PSPS at this time, according to SoCal Edison’s outage map.