BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – On Wednesday around 12 a.m., PG&E began its statewide phased shutoff of power to prevent wildfires from happening due to the severe winds in its service areas.

PG&E warned many of its customers they should expect to be without power early Wednesday morning through Friday morning, as weather models show the winds may be the strongest the area has seen in nearly two years.

According to Kern County officials, phase three of PG&E’s shutoff will include Kern County but PG&E has not made a decision if or when that will actually happen. If phase three is activated, county officials said as many as 42,000 customers could lose power around midnight.

SoCal Edison Power Outages:
Southern California Edison said it may also need to cut power to roughly 142,000 of its customers because of potential wildfire danger. The potentially affected areas does include Kern County.

However, it is unknown when or if those potential power outages will occur. Click for more info.

The Golden Empire Transit District service plan:
If potential power outages does impact the county, GET officials have released the following service plans:

Fixed route service will operate on a Holiday schedule. Holiday schedules for all routes are indicated in the GET Bus book. Riders can also call customer service at 869-2GET (2438) for route information. GET-A-Lift service will provide service to those customers who are dependent on transportation for serious medical needs. Riders can call 869-6363 for more information. RYDE service in southwest Bakersfield will operate on a weekend schedule (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Customers can book a RYDE from the TransLoc app or by calling 869-6380. GET’s Administration office and customer service lines will be open.

Safety And Preparedness Tips:
To prepare for these outages, PG&E said to start charging anything you might need such as phones, laptops, etc.

You also should make sure you have batteries and that your smoke and fire alarms are working. Click for more safety tips you can use if your power goes out.

County officials also said that utility companies will notify customers directly if they’ll be impacted so it is best to make sure your contact information is updated.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s Statement on outages:
On Wednesday morning around 11 a.m. Governor Newsom tweeted a statement regarding the utility power outages. He said his office is actively working to provide support to the communities impacted by the outages.

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Source:: Daily Times


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