Armando Espinoza delivers paper products to a cafe in downtown Sonoma, Calif., where power is turned off, on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

Millions of Californians are without power after PG&E, California’s largest utility company, cut off 750,000 of its customer accounts.
It’s trying to minimize the possibility of forest fires, after weather forecasts predicted high winds and dry weather for fire prone areas.
In response to the planned power cuts, lines formed at gas stations, schools and universities closed, and perishables like ice cream melted.
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Many Californians are fuming as intentional power cuts leave millions in the dark.

Estimates of more than two million people are, or could soon be, without power. PG&E, California’s largest utility company planned to cut off power to 750,000 of its Californian customer accounts (each can cover several family members) in 34 counties. As of Thursday lunchtime, 700,000 customers were without power.

It was “a last resort” to try minimize the possibility of forest fires, after high winds and dry weather were forecast.

Before the preemptive power cuts, lines formed at gas stations and hardware stores, and schools closed. Afterwards, traffic lights went down, gas cookers went on, and millions of people are sitting, waiting it out in the dark.

Here’s what it’s like.

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According to PG&E, it’s lights out for around 750,000 customers across California. The areas affected are San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Oakland, Berkeley, Northern California’s wine country, the Central Valley, California’s north and central coastlines, and the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Source: Business Insider

PG&E moved preemptively — not wanting history to repeat. In 2018, it was responsible for causing California’s most destructive wildfire ever, which killed 85 people, and burned more than 150,000 acres. It was also responsible for …read more

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