UPDATE, noon, Friday, Oct. 25 — PG&E says it will disconnect power to more than 65,000 customers in San Mateo County starting tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 26) in the “early afternoon.” Power is expected to be off for more than 48 hours. Customers have been receiving robocalls, texts and emails from PG&E informing them of the outage.
Original story, 8:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25
BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
PG&E said it will pull the plug on power this weekend in San Mateo County due to the threat of winds knocking down power lines, but the location of the outage hasn’t been disclosed.
High winds are expected to start tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 26) and last until Sunday, according to early reports from the National Weather Service and PG&E meteorologists.
CEO Bill Johnson said yesterday that residents in the Peninsula, Sierra Foothills, North Bay, East Bay and Humboldt County should prepare for possible outages.
Johnson added that a more refined list of where the outages will occur should be released today (see above). San Mateo County spokeswoman Michelle Durand said that PG&E has told the county that the number of impacted addresses for Saturday’s possible outage is greater than the two outages this month.
County residents can get notifications through SMC Alerts, which is sent out by the county’s office of emergency services. PG&E will also text or call customers to let them know that their power is going out. Customers can also check to see if their power will be cut by putting in their address at https://bit.ly/2WcYA7X.
Yesterday power was cut to some 1,005 customers in San Mateo County who live in Woodside, La Honda, Emerald Hills and San Gregorio. For most of the customers, the power was back on by 3 p.m.
About 1,500 PG&E customers west of Interstate 280 lost power on Oct. 10.