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Public Safety Power Shutdowns (PSPS) Announced in Sonoma County

Destination is one of 34 Counties Impacted in Northern, Central and Coastal Counties

Oct. 8, 2019, Sonoma County, CA – As a preventative measure, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has announced that dry wind weather patterns have prompted a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) in some areas of Sonoma County beginning in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. There are no active wildfires or smoke affecting the region and Sonoma County is one of more than 30 included within this state-wide effort by PG&E.

Areas that may be impacted include Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Glen Ellen, Penngrove, Geyserville, Kenwood, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Annapolis, Stewarts Point, Cotati, Cazadero, Guerneville, Larkfield, El Verano, Boyes Hot Springs, Fulton and Bodega Bay.

PG&E expects to begin turning off power in some areas early Wednesday, just after midnight. The outage will likely last at least a day and probably longer, potentially three to five days or more. The power will be turned off to communities in stages, depending on local timing of the severe wind conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state. 

Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage. PG&E will work with state and local agencies to provide updated restoration timelines following the conclusion of the severe weather event.

Some Sonoma County businesses, including hotels, wineries, restaurants and attractions may be impacted by the outage. Guests are encouraged to check directly with the business they plan on visiting to confirm they are operating as normal.  They may also view the PG&E  outage map for currently affected areas.

Community Resource Centers

To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E will open Community Resource Centers in several locations beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities. Within Sonoma County, there will be a center at Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa 95404.  

For more information on PG&E and public safety power shutoffs, and to monitor the situation visit https://www.pge.com.

About Sonoma County Tourism

Sonoma County Tourism (SCT) is the official destination stewardship organization for California's Sonoma County. SCT is a private, non-profit marketing and sales organization dedicated to sustaining the hospitality economy in Sonoma County, California. Tourism generates $2.175 billion annually for the local economy, $193.8 million in government revenue, and supports more than 22,300 jobs. To protect the destination’s resources – both natural and human – for residents and travelers for many generations to come, SCT has instituted a new Sonoma County travel pledge. For more information, call 707-522-5800 or 800-576-6662, or visit www.sonomacounty.com

Media Contact:
Birgitt Vaughan
Director of Global Media Relations
Sonoma County Tourism 707-522-5826
[email protected]