UPDATE 6:30 p.m. - So far, 435,000 customers have been shutoff as of 5:00 p.m., 50 to 60 helicopters are staged to start restoration efforts expected to begin Wednesday, October 30 by 8:00 a.m. and 127 instances of damage have been found so far. A credit for those affected by the October 9 PSPS is in the works, but it is unknown if one will be issued for the PSPS events that followed. Additionally, the utility stated it had restored 650,000 of the 972,000 affected by the October 26 shutoff.
Pacific Gas and Electric confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it has began another Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting 597,000 customers in the Northern and Southern Sierras, North Bay, Bay Area, Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County – 400,000 of which were impacted by the October 26 PSPS. PG&E released that, as of 1:00 p.m., nearly 500,000 customers had been shutoff.
The utility also confirmed some customers who were not restored from the October 26 PSPS will remain off through the new one. PG&E stated they expect wind gusts between 40 and 55 miles per hour across the northern Sierra and elevated terrain of the North Bay. They also expect gusts of 35 to 40 mph in the East Bay and South Bay areas in higher terrain.
At 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, the utility had restored power to 573,954 customers affected by the October 26 PSPS in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.