Millions of Californians Face Power Outages in the Largest Preventive Blackout
Bottled water and batteries were flying off the shelves at California stores as millions of customers prepared to live without electricity for days in the face of what Pacific Gas & Electric called an unprecedented wildfire danger.
The utility announced that it was shutting off power to 800,000 customers in 34 northern, central and coastal California counties beginning as early as midnight Wednesday to reduce the chance of fierce winds knocking down or toppling trees into power lines during a siege of hot, dry, gusty weather.
Gusts of 35 to 45 mph were forecast to sweep a vast swath of the state, from the San Francisco Bay area to the agricultural Central Valley and especially in the Sierra Nevada foothills, where a November wildfire blamed on PG&E transmission lines killed 85 people and virtually incinerated the town of Paradise....
Here in Mississippi there is a statewide burn ban due to prolonged drought. I hope we get substantial precipitation soon. In October, Mississippians traditionally gather around campfires to roast weenies, marshmallows and possums.
One wonders what percentage of fires are started by downed power lines? I would think a very low one. Shutting power off is a cover your butt move, which won't do anything to prevent personal carelessness. But it is California.
PGE was prosecuted or at least acquitted of starting one of the most deadly fires last year. So this year, they cut power so it cannot be their fault, criminally or thru civil suit.
Can't say I blame PGE.
One does have to wonder if this isn't a foretaste of what's to come. A terribly sinful and unrepentant mass of people are suffering for their sins but refusing to turn to the Lord in faith and repentence.
ABC Radio News Online wrote: .... The California Highway Patrol is reminding drivers that if a traffic light is flashing, treat it as a stop sign intersection. If the light is out, treat as an all-way stop.
excerpt from, "Power restored to some CA homes, but hundreds of thousands remain in the dark to reduce wildfire risk"