SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First paragraph, first sentence of release should read: Pacific Gas and
Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists are forecasting that spring
storms will impact its service area today and Thursday (instead of
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists are forecasting a
spring storms will impact its service area today and Thursday).
The corrected release reads:
PG&E TO CUSTOMERS: HAVE A PLAN FOR UPCOMING SPRING STORMS
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists are forecasting
that spring storms will impact its service area today and Thursday. PG&E
is urging its customers to take the necessary steps to be prepared and
PG&E meteorologists forecast a late spring storm moving into the service
area beginning this afternoon. Moderate to heavy rain will begin tonight
into early Thursday morning with gusty south winds 25 – 35 mph.
“With this late season storm approaching our service area, we encourage
customers to be prepared and have a plan. Our teams in the field are
ready for the inclement weather, and should outages occur they will work
safely and quickly to restore service to our customers,” said Ron
Richardson, Director of Distribution for Field Operations, North.
meteorology team has developed a Storm Outage Prediction Model that
incorporates real-time weather forecasts, historical data and system
knowledge to predict where and when storm impacts will be most severe.
This model enables the company to pre-stage crews and equipment as
storms approach to enable rapid response to outages.
Storm Safety Tips:
- Never touch downed wires: If you see a downed power line, assume it is
energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and
keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately
by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
- Use flashlights, not candles: During a power outage, use
battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of
fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes,
lampshades and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
- Have a backup phone: If you have a telephone system that requires
electricity to work, such as a cordless phone or answering machine,
plan to have a standard telephone or cellular phone ready as a backup.
- Have fresh drinking water, ice: Freeze plastic containers filled with
water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your
refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling.
Blue Ice from your picnic cooler also works well in the freezer.
- Secure outdoor furniture: Deck furniture, lightweight yard structures
and decorative lawn items should be secured as they can be blown by
high winds and damage overhead power lines and property.
- Use generators safely: Customers with standby electric generators
should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician
in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a
significant danger to customers, as well as crews working on power
lines. If using portable generators, be sure they are in a
- Turn off appliances: If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off
all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent
fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to
alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a
time when conditions return to normal.
- Safely clean up: After the storm has passed, be sure to safely clean
up. Never touch downed wires and always call 811 or visit
811express.com at least two full business days before digging to have
all underground utilities safely marked.
Other tips can be found at pge.com/beprepared
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco,
with more than 24,000 employees, the company delivers some of the
nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/