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SAN FRANCISCO — The lights went off in stages in Northern California on Wednesday, from the forests near the Oregon border, down the spine of the Sierra Nevada and finally through the dense hillside communities across the Bay from San Francisco.
Hundreds of thousands of households lost power when California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, shut down a vast web of electrical lines as a precaution against wildfires. Not knowing how long the outage would last, residents hurried to gas stations and supermarkets, stocking up on essentials as if a hurricane were bearing down.
The article goes on to state the following:
It was an extraordinary moment for California. In the state that brought the world the iPhone and the internet as most people know it, residents fumbled for flashlights, hauled jerrycans of gasoline and read instructions on how to manually open their automatic garage doors. In the fifth-largest economy in the world, hundreds of thousands of people were forced off the grid.
At least 500,000 customers, representing numerous family members or apartment occupants, lost power. Another 250,000 customers will be affected Wednesday evening, the company said.
Here’s why over 1 million people in California are without power in the state’s largest preventative blackout ever. pic.twitter.com/aa76TfX6NM
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 9, 2019
— KTLA (@KTLA) October 9, 2019
Explain to me how a high tax state like California has to turn power off to people in 34 counties because the infrastructure is such garbage that it might cause wildfires?
— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) October 9, 2019
— PG&E (@PGE4Me) October 9, 2019
PG&E POWER SHUTOFFS: Here is the full list of areas across California that will have power protectively shutoff shortly after midnight tonight.
If you live in any of these impacted areas, what are you doing to prepare?
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) October 9, 2019
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