Pacific Gas and Electric Company officials say the utility company hopes to slowly restore power to thousands of customers affected by the most recent planned power outages. Those public safety power shutoffs are meant to prevent sparking wildfires during strong winds throughout Northern California that might take down transmission lines or damage other equipment.
PG&E announced that about 361,000 customers across 36 counties were expected to be left without electricity in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties.
A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service will continue through Tuesday, and PG&E began to cut electricity Sunday morning. Power will be restored in stages beginning tonight through Tuesday night.