If you live in Northern California, then you can lookup whether PGE will turn off your power tomorrow. This is the address power safety outage checking site : https://m.pge.com/#event-map
Nearly 800,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers are preparing for their power to be intentionally cut for what could be the largest deliberate power shut-off in California’s history.
A Red Flag Warning is being issued over the next few days with strong winds expected to make the risk of wildfire extremely high.
The outages are expected to start as early as Wednesday at midnight and could last until mid-day on Thursday.
This is a typical message:
Public Safety Power Shutoff: October 8, 2019 5:30 PM: Due to gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, PG&E will need to turn off power for public safety at this address in the next 24 hours. As we continue to monitor conditions, please prepare for outages that could last longer than 48 hours. By providing your specific address information in this tool, you are getting a more accurate view than the PSPS area map. Get the latest information on this event at pge.com/pspsupdates
Areas in NAPA county could without power for 5 days or more.
PG&E was sued for tens of billions of dollars because they had electrical equipment and wires that started damaging fires in two of the last three years.
Some countries are connected to the grid but still have electricity issues. In Nigeria, 96% of households are connected but only 18% of these connections function more than about half the time. The Philippines was noted for having many power outages in the 1990s.
NAPA county in California will get a taste of electrical life in Nigeria.
A red flag warning means that if a fire sparks, conditions are just right for that blaze to burn fast and quick. They’re posted online by the National Weather Service, and agencies like Cal Fire use them to know how to staff units.
The warnings are announced when sustained winds average 15 mph or greater, the temperature is 75 degrees or warmer, dry lightning strikes take place, and when the level of humidity is less than or equal to 25 percent.
Fire danger season can last three months or more. California’s wildfires burned more than 2,849 square miles and destroyed more than 17,000 homes in 2018.
Fire Danger Prediction: October and November Bad and High-Risk Through January 2020
Above Normal significant large fire potential is expected across Sacramento Valley and Foothills, the entire Bay Area, the Mid Coast from Clear Lake south, and along the western slopes of the Cascade-Sierra range in October followed by a return to Normal significant large fire potential. Other locations can expect Normal significant large fire potential.
The Sacramento Valley and Foothills, entire Bay Area, Mid Coast areas from Clear Lake south, and the western slopes of the Cascade-Sierra range have remained quite dry and these are the areas most affected by north to northeast/offshore winds in the fall months. These areas have a heavier than normal crop of yearly brush growth and cured fine fuels. Live fuel moisture values are typically at their lowest and most critical levels of the year in late summer and early fall, and current live fuel values across the region are generally near these seasonal normal levels. Recent fire activity below 4000 feet has demonstrated extreme fire behavior with rapid spread rates, confirming that fuels indices are at their seasonal extreme values.
The general outlook for October is for drier and warmer than average conditions. Areas from the lower western Cascade-Sierra slopes to coastal areas from Clear Lake southward have Above Normal significant fire potential in October due to the fuels conditions and expected weather. If rainfall in these areas in the second half of October ends up less than half of normal then it will be necessary to extend the Above Normal potential category in some or all of these areas into November. However, at this point, weather pattern trends and outlooks are not indicating this drastic of a precipitation shortfall. All other areas have Normal significant fire potential in October. Additionally, the entire region has Normal significant fire potential from November through January 2020.
SOURCES- PG&E, National Interagency Fire Center
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com