Who will be impacted
The power will be shut off in stages, PG&E said in a Tuesday statement, “depending on local timing of the severe weather conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state.”
On Monday, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo urged residents to prepare to be without power for as long as seven days.
The shutoff will span across portions of 34 northern, central and coastal California counties, he said.
The California Department of Transportation has been working with the utility company to secure backup power generators to keep the Caldecott Tunnel in Contra Costa and Alameda counties and the Tom Lantos Tunnel in Pacifica open, spokesman Bart Ney told.
The Caldecott Tunnel would be closed on State Route 24 and the Lantos Tunnel could close along State Route 1 in Pacifica, CNN affiliate KGO reported.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system said in a tweet that it didn’t expect to be impacted by the shutoff. BART has portable generators at certain stations and will have personnel monitoring the generators, a Twitter thread said.
Some stations may face escalator outages, BART said.