Major Storm Hits Northern California, Officials Prepare for Power Outages

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The Bay Area may see power outages throughout the week due to severe weather, according to PG&E officials.

“This is a pretty widespread event,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Wanless in Sacramento. “Most of California, if not all, will see some sort of rain and snow.”

Here’s how to prepare for power outages:

  • Keep a battery-operated flashlight and radio within easy reach. 
  • Use safer LED candles. Wax candles are not recommended.
  • Plan for another way to communicate. Don’t depend on a phone that requires electricity to communicate. Keep a standard handset or mobile phone ready as a backup.
  • Store water-filled plastic containers in your freezer. You can use them as blocks of ice to prevent food from spoiling.

Discover other storm safety tips

  • Avoid flooded locations and areas with downed trees. Both are typical places for downed lines to occur. Remember, call 9-1-1 first to report downed lines.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to install your generator. Improperly installed generators can be dangerous for you, your family and our crews.
  • Unplug or turn off all appliances during an outage. This action can help avoid overloading circuits when the power is restored.
  • Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. When the power is restored, you can begin to turn your appliances on, one at a time.

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