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PG&E may cut power to 30 counties in NorCal for 'severe wind event, Alerts sent out at 4am for tomorrow

Dalek

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Oct 25, 2017
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Still have power in the Hayward Hills (Fairview), though our house was literally right outside the impact zone. Relatives in Niles Fremont were smack dab in the impact zone according to the map, but they still have power as well.
Our entire neighborhood is out. We got in the car and drove the kid to school and everywhere else in CV is up. It’s bizarre.
 

t26

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Oct 27, 2017
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My house is in the impact zone (but 2 min drive to area right outside) but I still have power this morning
 

Frostinferno

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Oct 25, 2017
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PG&E has been tweeting that if you still have power in counties that were supposed to be affected, you won’t be losing power anymore. Still have power here, so I guess I’ve been spared.
 
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Squarehard

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Oct 27, 2017
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PG&E has been tweeting that if you still have power in counties that were supposed to be affected, you won’t be losing power anymore. Still have power here, so I guess I’ve been spared.
Yeah, it seems that the winds isn't going to keep moving down, and dissipated, so looks like the outage was just mainly in the north, and then the east areas, and not quite reaching down far enough south.

Good news for those who were in planned outages. :D
 

Dalek

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Oct 25, 2017
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8:56 a.m. California prisons affected by shut-offs: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said three state prison facilities were affected by the shut-offs, and two more could be affected Thursday. The state prison in Solano and the California Medical Facility were operating on generator power, while Avenal State Prison had a power shut-off Wednesday. Officials began to restore limited power, but some buildings remained without power and the facility’s main kitchen was running on a generator.

But hey-if the power goes out-the power goes out. Am I right?
 

Curler

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Oct 26, 2017
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8:56 a.m. California prisons affected by shut-offs: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said three state prison facilities were affected by the shut-offs, and two more could be affected Thursday. The state prison in Solano and the California Medical Facility were operating on generator power, while Avenal State Prison had a power shut-off Wednesday. Officials began to restore limited power, but some buildings remained without power and the facility’s main kitchen was running on a generator.

But hey-if the power goes out-the power goes out. Am I right?
I didn't even think about the prisons in the area >_>
 

Dogzillaboot

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Nov 12, 2017
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Bay Area, California
My works power is out here in Lafayette along with all of downtown it seems. I heard the power came back on for some who are further east of Lafayette though so maybe they are trying to turn some areas back on.

It's so fucking cold at my work right now. I really feel bad for everyone who's home was affected cause this shit sucks.
 

Dalek

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Oct 25, 2017
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So I'm just trying to work.
I dropped my wife and daughter off at work and school respectively.
Went home to unplug everything from the walls in case the power surges when it comes back on.
Went to a local cafe to use wifi, but it requries a purchase. I order a coffee and bagel. Their card machine is down - so I say I'll be back with cash.
I go to Safeway which is running on a generator-I purchase water and a charging cable for my phone which I forgot in my other car. I go to pay and Safeway's debit machine isn't working.
I then drive to a working Chase so I can use the ATM machine to get cash.
I drive back to the cafe, order my food and coffee. I then try to login to their wifi and it's not working. "Oh it's down today", they say.
So now I've gone to Dublin and I'm using a place with wifi to work but the connection is slow. I'm stressed out and frustrated. I have to do pickup for the girls later too and there's no cell service at my house.

I am now thinking about getting a generator from Amazon:
 

Zulith

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Oct 25, 2017
1,442
West Coast, USA
probably worth the investment if you live in one of the affected zones, unless you plan on moving anytime soon. Looks like we might be dealing with this one or more times per year going forward until the fixes are in place.
 

Curler

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Oct 26, 2017
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So I'm just trying to work.
I dropped my wife and daughter off at work and school respectively.
Went home to unplug everything from the walls in case the power surges when it comes back on.
Went to a local cafe to use wifi, but it requries a purchase. I order a coffee and bagel. Their card machine is down - so I say I'll be back with cash.
I go to Safeway which is running on a generator-I purchase water and a charging cable for my phone which I forgot in my other car. I go to pay and Safeway's debit machine isn't working.
I then drive to a working Chase so I can use the ATM machine to get cash.
I drive back to the cafe, order my food and coffee. I then try to login to their wifi and it's not working. "Oh it's down today", they say.
So now I've gone to Dublin and I'm using a place with wifi to work but the connection is slow. I'm stressed out and frustrated. I have to do pickup for the girls later too and there's no cell service at my house.

I am now thinking about getting a generator from Amazon:
That sucks... Something simple to run around like that, creating a HUGE hassle. Regarding the banks/atms, I was told that banks even in other unaffected areas ARE being impacted, probably due to wherever their servers are located. (Wait, I thought unaffected areas shouldn't worry?)
 
Hearing from one of our state reps that barring additional unexpected weather conditions, that lake, mendo, trinity, southern Marin, and Sonoma counties will begin power restoration today between 10am-2pm but it can still take a while, and power won’t be restored until it’s all checked out. Still, after two days of camping in my home, I’d be thrilled if I woke up tomorrow to power throughout the neighborhood.

power turned back on last night at like 4 am for me, its not gunna go off again right?
Where are you located at?
 

Dalek

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Oct 25, 2017
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10:10 a.m. Berkeley tweet still sparking outrage: A firestorm of angry responses continued Thursday morning after the city of Berkeley tweeted that people with power-dependent medical needs should “use your own resources” to get to an unaffected area. Those unable to relocate alone were instructed to call 911, but that hasn’t satisfied many people. The city later added that it reached out to medical customers, visited homes and had emergency staff ready to assist. Officials did not immediately respond for comment.
 
10:10 a.m. Berkeley tweet still sparking outrage: A firestorm of angry responses continued Thursday morning after the city of Berkeley tweeted that people with power-dependent medical needs should “use your own resources” to get to an unaffected area.

Yeah a looooooooot of unforced errors by local governments during this incident. Given how many meetings, and committees, and cohorts, and trainings, etc.. your local city & county DEMs (Dep. Emergency Mgmt) have regularly, it blows my mind how caught off guard most of them have acted. PGE obviously deserves the lion’s share of blame for their vagueness, but that makes it even more important for local agencies to have a clear and consistent message and plan for their communities.

Granted communities in Sonoma & Butte counties have had major incidents in the past two years that they’ve learned from, but I’m still incredibly impressed with how well managed things seem at the local level where I’m at compared to my neighbors to the south. I’m sure if SF were affected and I was still living there it would be a shitshow to end all shitshows.

Given that this is likely the new normal and to expect it multiple times in given year, I’ll be interested to see what kind of renewed political pressure thus brings to bear on PGE at the local and state level.
 

psychbat

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Oct 25, 2017
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PG&E has been tweeting that if you still have power in counties that were supposed to be affected, you won’t be losing power anymore. Still have power here, so I guess I’ve been spared.
That’s good.
I was in a supposed to be affected area in San Jose (Alum Rock) and every update they’ve posted had me really uneasy. But it looks like we’re fine.
 

Dalek

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Oct 25, 2017
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Power still out in Castro valley and traffic is a nightmare with the stoplights out. I’ve never seen it this backed up.

All I want is to play Destiny 2.
 
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Dalek

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Oct 25, 2017
13,540
Now that this is all said and done… I think it’s time for me to invest in a portable generator.
 

theosmeo

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Oct 27, 2017
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Hearing from one of our state reps that barring additional unexpected weather conditions, that lake, mendo, trinity, southern Marin, and Sonoma counties will begin power restoration today between 10am-2pm but it can still take a while, and power won’t be restored until it’s all checked out. Still, after two days of camping in my home, I’d be thrilled if I woke up tomorrow to power throughout the neighborhood.



Where are you located at?
Humboldt county, we have been with power since 4 am though so i think we're safe
 

t26

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Oct 27, 2017
1,301
So someone from my office lost her home when the power was turned back on and a fire started
 

OtterMatic

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Oct 25, 2017
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Fuck. RIP
ABC7: PG&E Power Outage: Northern California man dependent on oxygen died 12 minutes after electricity went out, official says

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. -- Northern California fire officials say a man dependent on oxygen died about 12 minutes after Pacific Gas and Electric shut down power to the area as part of a massive effort to prevent fire.

El Dorado County Fire Chief Lloyd Ogan said Friday that fire personnel responded to a call in Pollock Pines that came in after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

He said crews arrived to find an unresponsive man in his 60s and were unable to revive him.

Ogan said the man's oxygen equipment required power but could not say whether the shutdown was related to his death.

PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith said it has not been able to confirm the accuracy of the report.

The utility started turning off electricity early Wednesday in Northern and Central California in advance of strong, dry winds.