PG&E warns of power shutoffs in East Bay, North Bay

PG&E is warning that approximately 25,000 customers in California, including parts of the East Bay and North Bay, may lose power over two days beginning Monday morning.

That's a revised number released Sunday afternonn and a reduction from an initial estimate that as many as 44,000 customers could be affected.

Among the Bay Area counties, Solano could have the 4,698 affected households and businesses, the most in the region. In Napa, 2,441 customers could lose power. 

Across Alameda, Contra Costa and Sonoma counties, there could be a combined total of 818 customers left in the dark.

The first Bay Area shutoffs could happen beginning Monday at 5 a.m.

Called a Public Safety Power Shutoff by PG&E, deliberate cuts to power could happen in 20 California counties and five tribal areas, the alert said. Tehama County in northern California could have the most customers affected with 5,342 covered by the PSPS.

The intentional power shutoff is meant to reduce the risk of sparking wildfires during a period of dry weather with gusty winds. A fire weather watch is in effect beginning Sunday for the North Bay mountains and hills and valleys of the East Bay.

PG&E says it expects far fewer customers will lose electricity than are covered by the warning.

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The company had initially warned that as many as 44,000 customers could be caught in the power shutoff.