SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Officials with Pacific Gas and Electric on Tuesday afternoon said the weather “all clear” had been given for all areas under the widespread Public Safety Power Shutoff and power restoration efforts were underway.
Continuing high winds and dynamic weather conditions in the remaining impacted areas delayed the weather “all clear” notification until 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
PG&E said that as of Tuesday evening at around 6 p.m., crews had restored power to approximately 305,000 of the 350,000 customers impacted by the PSPS event that started Sunday morning due to forecast high winds and increased fire danger.
Crews began restoring power to customers where no damage or hazards to electrical equipment were found during inspections that started Monday morning in some areas where winds had already died down.
As of Tuesday evening, aerial, vehicle and on-the-ground PG&E patrols confirmed at least 130 instances of damage or hazards to electric equipment including downed lines and vegetation on power lines that could have caused
wildfire ignitions if PG&E had not de-energized power lines.
In areas where equipment was damaged by the severe wind event, crews worked to make the repairs and restore those customers as quickly as possible.
The remaining customers in the area where the final all clear was given Tuesday afternoon are expected to have power back on by 10 p.m. Tuesday evening with a small number of customers to be restored by noon Wednesday.