UPDATE: Due to improved weather conditions, power shutoffs planned in Kern County starting Sunday night have been canceled, according to PG&E.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — PG&E said that around 657 Kern County customers, and thousands more in Northern California, may have their power shut off starting today because of strong winds and the potential for wildfires.
The utility has announced that it is expecting to begin shutting off power to Kern County customers, including 32 medical baseline customers, beginning Sunday between 10 p.m. and midnight. The shutoff is expected to last through 10 p.m. on Monday, according to the PG&E website.
The utility said it is monitoring an offshore wind event along with dry conditions that could increase fire risk.
In all, about 361,000 customers in parts of 36 counties may have their power shutoff. The vast majority of the potentially affected customers are in Northern California counties where power is expected to be shut off Sunday morning. PG&E estimates the windy conditions to last through Tuesday.
PG&E said the highest probability for shutoffs were in portions of southern Kern County, northern and western Sacramento Valley, Northern and Central Sierra and higher terrain in the Bay Area, the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Central Coast.
A map of potentially affected customers in Kern County shows the shutoffs are expected in unincorporated areas east and southeast of Bakersfield, and near the Kern County-Los Angeles county line.
PG&E released a video update on the Public Safety Power Shutoff on Saturday.