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Red Bluff Daily News

RED BLUFF >> Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Wednesday weather conditions are expected to improve enough for the company to begin inspections and restoration of power Thursday for areas of Tehama County impacted by Wednesday's Public Safety Power Shutoff.

High winds prompted the utility company shut off power to around 6,700 Tehama County customers beginning around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The winds are expected to subside by Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory through 10 p.m. Wednesday and a Red Flag Warning through 7 a.m. Thursday.

Once the all-clear is received, inspections and repairs to power lines can be done by crews to bring power back to customers, according to a press release issued Wednesday by PG&E.

Customers in the areas of Hooker Creek, Cottonwood, Mineral, Lake California and parts of north and west Red Bluff were without power Wednesday because of the shutoff.

A community resource center, at 740 Antelope Blvd. in Red Bluff, opened around 8 a.m. Wednesday. By Wednesday afternoon, PG&E Inspector Tom Sparks said the center had helped 24 impacted customers.

The center provides water, coffee and tea, snacks, ice, charging stations, WiFi, restrooms, blankets and heating or cooling.

The center was expected to be open until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Sparks said the center would remain in Red Bluff until power is restored.

PG&E offers the following tips for shutoffs.

During a shutoff

Unplug or turn off appliances, equipment and electronics to avoid damage caused by surges when the power is restored.

Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. Then, turn your appliances on, one at a time.

Typically, your refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours and a full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours-as long as the freezer and refrigerator doors are kept closed. Consider using coolers with ice to keep food cold and safe.

Be sure to use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors only. Do not use a gas stove for heat.

Check on your neighbors.

Prepare for a shutoff

Confirm or update your contact information with PG&E. We'll send notifications to the contacts we have on file in advance of a shutoff, when possible.

Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets. A Public Safety Power Shutoff can happen at any time of day or night, due to changing weather conditions.

Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water and nonperishable food to last your household one week. Be sure to refresh your kit once a year.

Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup.

Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.

If you have a generator, make sure it's ready to operate safely.

Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.

Have a battery-powered or crank radio.

Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on. Include two extra sets in various sizes.

Keep cash on hand and a full tank of gas. ATMs and gas stations may not be available during an outage.

Learn how to manually open your garage or any other door that operates with electricity.

Talk with your building manager if you live or work in a building that has elevators or electronic key card access to understand how they will deal with a possible multi-day outage.

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