800,000 Californians to Lose Power After Midnight (10/8/19 (1 Viewer)

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Our electric company updated lines and transformers after a costly and devastating fire in another part of the city. Tree limbs had to be trimmed, too. For us, the actual outage was short, but the company was well organized and worked quickly. From what I read about the massive fires last year in California, the equipment had not been inspected and easements had not been cleared in years. It is a recipe for disaster.

Nearly 800,000 customers of bankrupt utility PG&E will lose power starting just after midnight as the embattled utility launches a (long-overdue) effort yet to avoid starting a wildfire in extremely dry and windy weather.
On Tuesday, PG&E said that it will proceed with the massive outages it has been considering this week, and adding 200,000 additional customers into the mix. Shutoffs will take place in every county in the Bay Area except San Francisco and will also occur in some of the far northern and southern corners of PG&E’s service area, reaching 34 counties...

In some areas, the power could be off for five days. That will take a lot of planning just for a family, not to mention businesses. There are special cases, such as the zoo, which has to maintain security and safety for the animals.

At the Oakland Zoo, the staff was busy Tuesday setting up setting up generators and heading out to buy more in preparation for an outage. The zoo will close to the public if it loses power, but concern about revenue loss takes a backseat to zoo administrator’s main priority — animal safety.
“We have some generators at the zoo, but we certainly need more,” said Nik Dehejia, the zoo’s chief financial officer. “If it’s a day or two, we’re okay. If it goes well beyond that, we’re going to be looking for help and see what we need to do.”
The zoo has three endangered species of frogs and toads, which require temperature-controlled habitats, that zoo-keepers are working to rehabilitate in the wild. “It would be devastating if those frog and toad species are lost,” Dehejia said. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that they receive the temperature regulation that they need.”

We've got several RT folks in California, so lets join in and look for safe and speedy repairs.
 

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