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UPDATE: PG&E restores power to Tehama County, most of Shasta County

Redding Record Searchlight logo Redding Record Searchlight 10/27/2020 David Benda, Redding Record Searchlight
a lit up city at night: A roadside warns motorists of extreme fire danger on Grizzly Peak Blvd. in Oakland on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Due to high winds and dry conditions PG&E turned off power to over 361,000 customers in 36 counties to protect them from possible wildfires caused by downed power lines. © Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group A roadside warns motorists of extreme fire danger on Grizzly Peak Blvd. in Oakland on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Due to high winds and dry conditions PG&E turned off power to over 361,000 customers in 36 counties to protect them from possible wildfires caused by downed power lines.

Update, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27

All 6,750 PG&E customers in who lost power in Tehama County have had it restored, the utility announced Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, 99% of the customers in Shasta County affected by PG&E's weekend public safety power shutoff had their power restored, PG&E said.

Original story

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. had restored power to all but approximately 2,500 customers in portions of Shasta and Tehama counties following Sunday’s public safety power shutoff, the company said early Tuesday afternoon.

All told, the shutoffs affected about 345,000 customers in 34 counties, including 24,746 customers in Shasta County and 6,750 customers in Tehama County.

PG&E officials said power to all customers was expected to be restored by late Tuesday evening.

Sunday’s extreme fire weather brought some of the highest wind gusts of the season to parts of Northern California.

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Sustained winds reached 76 mph in parts of Sonoma County and the highest gust in the county was clocked at 89 mph, PG&E said.

The maximum gust recorded in Shasta County was 52 mph at the Pit River Bridge over Lake Shasta on Interstate 5 north of Redding on Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said.

a large ship in the background: In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric crews work to restore power lines in Paradise. PG&E started cutting power Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, to tens of thousands of California residents and planned outages for many more to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires due to extreme fire weather. The nation's largest utility said outages began in the far north of the state in Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, and Lake counties, and continued southward throughout Sunday and possibly into Monday. As many as 361,000 customers in 36 counties were affected. © Rich Pedroncelli, AP In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric crews work to restore power lines in Paradise. PG&E started cutting power Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, to tens of thousands of California residents and planned outages for many more to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires due to extreme fire weather. The nation's largest utility said outages began in the far north of the state in Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, and Lake counties, and continued southward throughout Sunday and possibly into Monday. As many as 361,000 customers in 36 counties were affected.

Mark Quinlan, PG&E’s incident commander, said during a Monday evening news conference that crews had found 12 instances of trees and/or branches being toppled by the high winds and damaging the utility’s power lines in some counties.

“We expect to receive many more damage cases as crews continue their work,” Quinlan said.

The National Weather Service’s Red Flag Warning was due to expire at 5 p.m. Tuesday and forecasters don’t expect any high winds that could trigger another PG&E public safety power shutoff for at least the rest of the week.

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But there is no rain on the horizon, either.

Redding hasn’t received a drop of precipitation so far this month.

The last time Redding experienced a dry October was in 2002, the National Weather Service said. Redding also had dry Octobers in 1966 and 1978.

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The average rainfall in Redding in October is 2.11 inches. In 1962, the city received a record 8.85 inches of rain in October.

Sunny skies with highs in the low 80s are forecast for Redding through next Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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