PG&E issues shutoff warning due to weekend bay area wind event



Meteorologists are expecting Sunday night’s offshore wind event to be the largest of the year, with winds of up to 35 mph, which are isolated at speeds of up to 70 mph at maximum altitude and valley areas. Also possible in the circumstances of corridors and alleys.

Between a parched landscape and a bone-dry air mass, the risk of wildfire sparking and spreading throughout the San Francisco Bay Area is extreme, terrifying, and widespread.

On Friday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric announced a comprehensive public safety power shutoff warning that could affect 38 counties, including the entire Bay Area, except for the county of San Francisco. (To find out if you might be affected, go to the PG&E website and enter your address here.) More than 450,000 customers may lose power in an attempt to stop the Wildfire.

The National Weather Service said the incident would likely cause wind gusts with flames during the 2017 Vine Country Firestorm and last year’s 2019 Kinkade Fire, but conditions with winds in almost every nook and cranes of the area even more Can be serious.


Diablo winds are expected to develop on Sunday afternoon, starting in the North Bay and gradually spreading across the region.

As the sun sets on Sunday night, a vigorous outbreak of winds rapidly takes over a dry air mass area in the Bay Area as a powerful cold front. According to weather service forecasts, high winds are likely at the highest elevations, but forecasters are confident that the winds will converge in the valley areas and crash along the coastline from Bodega Bay to Half Moon Bay before spreading offshore.

Without fog layer, high levels and even in valley areas the moisture level will decrease rapidly.

“It’s not limited to the hazards of our fire season and the hills and ridges and peaks,” said Roger Guss, a prophet with the weather service. “This is one of those cases when there is a more widespread danger and the winds spread across the valley floor and even this will need to alert Choline. If there was a fire, they would have been faster. Could have spread and potentially spread across the valley floor. The force of the expected winds. ”

National Weather Service is a Red flag warning Tuesday from 11 am for the North Bay and East Bay mountains. All other Bay Area locations come under warning at 8 pm on Sunday night on Tuesday 11.

Gus said residents should secure outdoor furniture that can be thrown around in strong winds. He advised stepping outside on Sunday night amid high winds as there would be a possibility of falling trees and power lines.

“Don’t do anything that can set a fire,” Gus said. “If we can go through this incident and not start a fire… then here’s the key. That’s what we want to accomplish. No fire has started.”

Monday after the winds are expected to feel relaxed on Tuesday, but there is also a worrying situation on Monday night but not as early as the night before. As a ridge of high pressure develops in the west next week, a warming trend will move mercury upward in the afternoon with highs in the low 80s in the valley areas and highs in the 70s along the coast. Nights will be cold with some inland locations in the 30s.

“It certainly looks like it will fall out of there next week,” Gas said.

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