California Will Turn Off Power to 800,000 People for Third World Level Electrical Service
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- Oct 9, 2019 11:30 am GMT
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Nearly 800,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers are preparing for their power to be intentionally cut for what could be the largest deliberate power shut-off in California’s history.
A Red Flag Warning is being issued over the next few days with strong winds expected to make the risk of wildfire extremely high.
The outages are expected to start as early as Wednesday at midnight and could last until mid-day on Thursday.
This is a typical message:
Public Safety Power Shutoff: October 8, 2019 5:30 PM: Due to gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, PG&E will need to turn off power for public safety at this address in the next 24 hours. As we continue to monitor conditions, please prepare for outages that could last longer than 48 hours. By providing your specific address information in this tool, you are getting a more accurate view than the PSPS area map. Get the latest information on this event at pge.com/pspsupdates
Areas in NAPA county could without power for 5 days or more.
PG&E was sued for tens of billions of dollars because they had electrical equipment and wires that started damaging fires in two of the last three years.
Some countries are connected to the grid but still have electricity issues. In Nigeria, 96% of households are connected but only 18% of these connections function more than about half the time. The Philippines was noted for having many power outages in the 1990s.
NAPA county in California will get a taste of electrical life in Nigeria.
A red flag warning means that if a fire sparks, conditions are just right for that blaze to burn fast and quick. They’re posted online by the National Weather Service, and agencies like Cal Fire use them to know how to staff units.
The warnings are announced when sustained winds average 15 mph or greater, the temperature is 75 degrees or warmer, dry lightning strikes take place, and when the level of humidity is less than or equal to 25 percent.
Fire danger season can last three months or more. California’s wildfires burned more than 2,849 square miles and destroyed more than 17,000 homes in 2018.