PG&E Outage: Thousands Without Power in San Jose, Santa Cruz, Marin County in California

Tens of thousands of people have been affected by power outages across California as a result of warm weather and equipment issues.

Customers in areas such as Santa Cruz and San Jose were hit by the outages, with around 54,000 people also affected for a time in Marin County.

As reported by KSBW, nearly 6,000 people were left without power in Santa Cruz, with a further 3000 people affected in Capitola Thursday morning (August 15). A majority of customers had their power restored by midday.

There were also major outages across Marin County, including in communities such as Belvedere, Fairfax, Muir Beach, Napa, San Quentin and Sausalito, reported KTVU.

PG&E tweeted on the morning of August 16: "Currently there is an outage affecting approximately 54k customers in the North Bay (#MarinCounty). We appreciate your patience as crews work safely and quickly as possible to restore power."

The company later confirmed that all power had been restored to the North Bay area and thanked customers for their patience.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office also reported the major power outages on Thursday evening, urging residents not to call emergency services to report one.

"Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency," the department said in a statement. "A 911 dispatcher will not be able to provide you with PG&E information."

PG&E's live outage map shows areas across the state are still without power, including Hayward and Concord.

Elsewhere, a report from The Press Democrat says that large areas across Sonoma County and North Bay will be affected by planned outages as part of PG&E's efforts to reduce wildfires.

The outages could affect any of the company's five million customers in the area in order to stop PG&E's equipment inadvertently causing fires during hot, dry and windy periods.

"The planning maps show which areas are more likely to experience a shut off when gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, are forecasted to threaten a portion of the electric system," PG&E spokeswoman Deanna Contreras said in a statement.

"The maps show potential areas of more likely distribution-level and 70kV and below transmission-level impacts. They are approximate and show potential de-energization areas only. Additional areas could be impacted. PG&E is working to make these same planning maps available to customers through our website very soon."

Energy equipment was ruled as the cause of huge wildfires that hit the state in 2017 and 2018.

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Map showing areas without power across California. PG&E