The utility announced Tuesday that customers in parts of 34 of the state's 58 counties will have their electricity cut between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. The shutoffs will now affect every county in the Bay Area except for San Francisco.
PG&E also confirmed Tuesday afternoon that shutoffs would begin just after midnight and would be done in stages, depending on the local weather in a community. Shutoffs would begin in the northern part of the state. But "the situation is very fluid," said PG&E spokesperson Mayra Tostado, and their meteorologists are tracking the ongoing weather conditions.
Michael Lewis, senior vice president of PG&E's electric operations, said it could take "several days to fully restore power after the weather passes and safety inspections are completed."
Bay Area counties and the total number of estimated customers who may be impacted:
- Alameda County, including parts of Oakland: 32,680
- Contra Costa County: 51,310
- Marin County: 9,855
- Napa County: 32,124
- San Mateo County: 14,766
- Santa Clara County, including parts of San Jose: 38,250
- Solano County: 32,862
- Sonoma County: 66,289
PG&E is updating the full list of cities and regions potentially impacted on its website, although its website has been down much of Tuesday afternoon.