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(5:00pm update) Updates on the Public Safety Power Shutoff in Northern and Central Calif. Thousands in the North Bay were without power. It started in phases. The first reports came in around midnight as PG&E had warned. Hundreds of thousands are impacted, and the worst of the weather is supposed to come tonight and tomorrow morning. Almost 70,000 customers in the dark in Sonoma County. In Santa Rosa, fire officials say there have been more crashes because the traffic lights were powered down. In Mendocino County, it started with a midnight power down for almost 6,400 customers in Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Hopland, the greater Ukiah Valley, parts of Willits, Leggett, Piercy, Whitethorn and Whale Gulch. But not in the city of Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Point Arena and the Mendocino County coastal communities. Many of the towns and cities across Lake County were also in the dark this morning, some were unplanned. A PG&E spokesperson says peak winds today into tomorrow morning could reach 60 to 70 mph at higher elevations. They say some people without power may not be experiencing windy conditions, but the power system relies on lines working together, providing electricity across cities, counties and regions. A red flag warning is set to expire tomorrow night. But no word yet when power will be re-energized.

Schools in Ukiah should have their power on as of this report. This from the city which, along with PG&E, have said power will stay on at all UUSD schools today. So with that, there aren’t any plans to close any of the Ukiah Unified schools. The Superintendent’s Office would make an announcement otherwise and says they’ll inform immediately of any changes. Staffers are working with the City of Ukiah, Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services (OES), and PG&E to monitor the current Public Safety Power Shutoff. Follow them on Facebook or listen to this radio station for any further info. You can also log on to the school district’s website for more info.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office sending out an update on the planned PG&E power shutoff. It will affect Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Hopland, parts of unincorporated Ukiah Valley, 62 PG&E service points in the Willits area, Leggett, Piercy, Whitethorn and Whale Gulch. Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Point Arena and all of unincorporated Mendocino County coastal communities will NOT be affected.

The Sheriff in Mendocino County says his office is continually monitoring the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). They are warning those who are not within the map areas laid out by PG&E to still be prepared because widespread outages could still affect you.

Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Resources:

PG&E Community Resource Center (CRC) – 1775 N State St, Ukiah CA 95482 (anticipated to open at 8:00 am on 10/9)

PSPS Service Impact Map –
https://www.pge.com/…/wildfires/psps-service-impact-map.page

PG&E Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pacificgasandelectric/

PG&E Twitter – https://twitter.com/PGE4Me

PG&E – 1-800-743-5009

PSPS Information and Local Resources – https://www.mendocinocounty.org/…/public-safety-power-shuto…

Mendocino County Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mendocinocounty

Mendocino County Twitter – @countymendocino

Mendocino County Instagram – @countyofmendocino

Mendocino County Sheriff Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoSheriff

City of Ukiah PSPS Outage/Electrical Outage Lines – 463-6288/463-6228

City of Ukiah Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cityofukiah

For more information, please contact the Executive Office at 707-463-4441.The County will remain open during the duration of the PSPS event.

To subscribe to receive press releases issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, please visit this website: http://news.mendocinosheriff.com.

To receive Nixle alert notifications from your local agencies, text your zip code to 888777, or visit the following website: https://local.nixle.com/register/.

Some of the outages already reported around Lake Mendocino and up the Hwy 101 corridor. Mendocino Voice reporting folks in Redwood Valley up to the top of the Ridgewood Grade and some on Vichy Springs Rd. also lost power. Also hit early this morning, Potter Valley, and east on Highway 20. Then in Sonoma, the city of Sonoma, parts of Santa Rosa and farther east. Humboldt County hit along the 101 corridor and out along the 299. The news site reports Rohnert Park has lost power, part of Lake County, in Lakeport, Blue Lakes, and Kelseyville. Un-planned outages have also occurred in Humboldt County and Leggett and across Lake County from Lower Lake to Upper Lake. Napa and St. Helena are also reporting some outages.

A man in Ukiah reportedly attacked by at least one other man has died. Ukiah police report getting a call for a welfare check a couple weekends ago to the 100 block of E. Gobbi St. finding a man lying on the ground unresponsive. The man is identified as local transient Jimmy Isenhart. They say it looked like he had head trauma and was bleeding from the mouth and face. He died a couple days later at the hospital. Several witnesses told police they saw two men in the area at the time of the assault. Days later cops identified another transient Isaiah Bennett as Isenhart’s attacker. He’s admitted he was in the area at the time and has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mendocino County spending money on opioid education. An agreement reached for Mendocino County Youth Project to provide education and outreach in Mendocino County Schools to prevent opioid abuse in the area. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors agreed to put up about $40,000 for the Mendocino County Youth Project and Youth Action Program to come up with a program complete with services and prevention strategies for students in grades 6 through 12, kids in alcohol and drug prevention education and targeted transition-age youths from 18-25.

PG&E has confirmed they powered down the grid to hundreds of thousands across Northern and Central Calif. Right after 1 a.m., a confirmation from the utility that the first phase of the public safety power shutoff had begun on a large swath of its service area because of a forecasted, widespread, severe wind event. PG&E says it’s a last resort in response to the measure of last resort and it’s in response to “unprecedented fire risk.” Lake Co News reports more than 800,000 customers in 34 counties will be affected, including over 37,400 customers in Lake County; 2,167 of those are medical baseline customers. The Lake County Sheriff told the news site all populated areas of the county should expect to be impacted. A meteorologist with the utility company says forecasts have consistently shown an offshore wind event through Friday. And that along with low relative humidity and very dry vegetation, creates dangerous fire weather.

There’s a new Lake County Public Health Officer. The Board of Supervisors has appointed Dr. Gary Pace permanently after he was the interim Public Health officer since August. The Board Chair announced the appointment yesterday, calling Dr. Pace, “a truly thoughtful individual and excellent medical mind”. Pace has experience in family and clinical practice, and as a medical director in health care facilities. He was also the county of Mendocino’s Public Health officer in the past.

Congressmembers Mike Thompson and John Garamendi are asking the federal government for more money to help improve the health of Clear Lake. The two asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use disaster-recovery funds from Congress for the Middle Creek Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project in Lake County. There’s about $15 million in state money as a share with the fed, set aside for the project. And Congress had authorized the project back in 2007. So now the two Northern Calif. Congressional members are urging the Army Corp to dedicate new funds to the project to support Lake County.

Regional wineries also affected by PG&E’s scheduled power outage. They’re reportedly preparing for no power by securing generators and electricians so they will be able to keep up with the yearly grape harvest that’s got about another month. The Press Democrat reports the power shutoff at a critical time for wineries as they’re moving their late red grape varieties onto crush pads this week. They’re also in the middle of fermenting some varietals in their tanks and storing wine in barrels from past vintages. They could lose the majority of wine stock if there’s no power for an extended amount of time. The Sonoma County Vintners trade group says most wineries are ready and others are offering to help others who are not.

Winds calm earlier as a red flag warning started and the power was out for hundreds of thousands of Californians during PG&E’s massive power shut off. Many in the dark across Lake County, Sonoma County where there are about 50 planned outages, mostly in Santa Rosa with more than 26,000 in the dark. The Press Democrat reports almost all of the Sonoma Valley was without power this morning. The outages came in stages, many online complaining there wasn’t any wind, but forecasters say the strongest is yet to come, that with low humidity increases the fire danger. Another 234,000 customers in seven more counties are going dark too including here in Mendocino County and in major Bay Area counties including Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara.

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