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Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2019

PG&E Is Cutting Power For Up To 800,000 Californians To Protect Against Wildfires

Flames sweep through a rural community at the Blue Cut Fire on August 17, 2016 near Wrightwood, California.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Northern and Central California are without power on Wednesday after PG&E cut power to around 500,000 homes to protect against wildfires.

According to The New York Times, the electricity giant is taking precautions as high winds hit the area during the peak of wildfire season after an extraordinarily hot summer. The utility plans to cut power for up to 800,000 people living from the edges of San Francisco all the way to the foothills of the Sierra mountains. In all, 34 out of 58 counties in California will be impacted.

The move is wreaking havoc on people living in the area. In San Jose alone, up to 200,000 people could be without power, though PG&E says it is cutting power to 38,000 customers. However, a customer can include an entire apartment building, which means far more people will be without power than the numbers indicate

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PG&E Is Cutting Power For Up To 800,000 Californians To Protect Against Wildfires