PG&E: Storm declared worst in 30 years for power outages

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(KRON) — Last weekend’s winter storm is now the worst largest single storm for PG&E outages in 30 years, the gasoline and electrical utility firm mentioned Wednesday.

Storm damages triggered outages for greater than 1.4 million PG&E prospects system-wide, from Eureka to the north and Bakersfield to the south, in accordance with PG&E spokesperson Fiona Chan.

“High gusts and strong sustained winds have caused an incredible amount of damage across our service area, including breaking or toppling 728 poles, requiring us to restring or repair more than 2,000 spans of powerlines and damaging or destroying 357 crossarm and 247 transformers,” Chan wrote.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times through Getty Images)

PG&E mentioned it has 5,000 workers and contractors on storm responsibility working to revive power.

“We’ve restored more than 1.3 million customers since the storm started, and our focus remains on those without power. We will work around the clock until we bring the lights back on for everyone,” a PG&E spokesperson wrote Wednesday.

Sunday’s atmospheric river unleashed hurricane-force wind gusts throughout the Bay Area, together with 100 mph gusts recorded at Pablo Point in Marin County. Wind-whipped bushes ripped down powerlines in many areas.

Photos: Dramatic February storm impacts throughout California

After the brunt of Sunday’s storm lastly ended, a staggering 235,000 PG&E prospects in the Bay Area have been with out power at 5 a.m. Monday.

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Monday, February 5, 5 a.m. Affected Customers
San Francisco 4,791
Peninsula 56,604
North Bay 72,829
East Bay 28,717
South Bay 72,466
Total 235,407

The largest PG&E outages lingering from Sunday’s storm on Wednesday are in the North Bay, the place almost 17,000 prospects are impacted, and the South Bay, the place greater than 7,226 are in the darkish.

Below are the newest Bay Area outage numbers:

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Wednesday, February 7, 12 p.m. Affected Customers
San Francisco 127
Peninsula 4,028
North Bay 16,849
East Bay 328
South Bay 7,226
Total  28,558

Thousands of residents in Sebastopol are on their fourth day straight of power outages with no warmth, heat water, or electrical energy on Wednesday. Crews are nonetheless engaged on repairing widespread storm damages.

Sebastopol resident Steve Rossi mentioned, “Power went out Sunday afternoon. It’s tough … very hard. There was a tree down in my neighborhood. I look on the PG&E website and it says ‘to be determined.'”

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