SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — PG&E is warning customers to prepare for a winter storm that could cause power outages this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the entire Bay Area starting at 2 a.m. Thursday because of winds of more than 35
mph expected along with rain.

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PG&E officials said residents across coastal areas should expect cold, wet and windy weather, and snow may fall at elevations as low as 1,200 feet in parts of Northern California.

A PG&E official said the agency is tracking weather patterns and readying workers to restore service quickly and safely in case of an outage.

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The agency offered the following tips to avoid dangerous situations during storms: never touch downed wires; use flashlights, not candles; have a backup phone; have fresh drinking water or ice; secure outdoor furniture; use generators safely; and turn off appliances.

After a storm, residents should call 811 or go to 811express.com before they start digging or cleaning.

 

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