PG&E website down with influx of people checking power shutoff info

A traffic cone sits next to a Pacific Gas & Electric truck on Jan. 17 2019 in Fairfax California

A traffic cone sits next to a Pacific Gas & Electric truck on Jan. 17 2019 in Fairfax California

As a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the forecasted severe wind event, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of 34 northern, central and coastal counties, affecting electric service for almost 800,000 customers. Based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates the period of peak winds will occur from early Wednesday morning through midday Thursday. Parts of almost 30 counties in Northern and Central California that are serviced by PG&E could be impacted. Get the full story in the video above.

The impacted area is the rural area known as Vernalis southwest of Manteca on the west side of the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus rivers starting about a half mile south of where Jimmy's general store and restaurant can be found once you cross the river on Airport Way.

Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs.

NOTICE: PG&E is now experiencing a delay in accessing web pages related to Public Safety Power Shut-off.

"The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has made a decision to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event".

PG&E said it will continually update customers through calls, texts and emails, as well as via social media and wider media reports.

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Utilities malfunctions have been tied to some of the state's most destructive fires, including last year's Camp fire, which devastated Paradise, Calif., and the 2017 wine country blazes.

· Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours.

· Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.

PG&E will continue to monitor weather conditions and will be providing additional information regarding affected area this afternoon.

· Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.

He also encouraged households to create emergency plans and kits which include food and water for all family members and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety. If you don't understand how to use your generator, you risk damaging your property, endangering your life and endangering the lives of others.

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