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500,000 customers are without power because of the threat of wildfires

PG&E Cuts Power to 500,000 in California: Live Updates

Pacific Gas & Electric, the largest utility in the state, could cut electricity to 800,000 customers by day’s end as a precaution against sparking wildfires.

 

Thomas Fuller

By Thomas Fuller

RIGHT NOWAbout 500,000 customers are without power because of the threat of wildfires sparked by high winds.

Here’s what you need to know:

High winds and low humidity have created the conditions for catastrophe.

The utility is trying to avoid a repeat of the deadly Paradise fire.

Turning the power back on could take as long as five days.

Residents have been stocking up on generators and water.

Mass transit is running, but many schools are canceling classes.

 

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