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More than 450,000 are left without power after a storm on Tuesday

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By Olivia Wynkoop. Bay City News.

More than 450,000 California residents were without power during high winds and rain Tuesday, California officials said. PG&E during a briefing on Wednesday.

And in the Bay Area alone, approximately 108,000 people were still without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials said it was the 38th consecutive day that the company's emergency operations center has been active, pointing to an extraordinary winter season with high levels of rain, snow, flooding, mudslides and other emergency-related emergencies. storms across the state.

More than 5,500 crew members are in the field to restore power during extreme weather conditions, said Sumeet Singh, PG&E's director of operations. He added that the company will continue to prioritize security above all else, which sometimes means it takes time to restore service in some areas.

“At PG&E we know how important electricity is to your families, schools, communities and businesses,” Singh said. "And we won't stop working until we get power back for every one of our customers."

Singh said the company is working to recover from this week's most recent storm, the 13th storm in the past 75 days, which broke the record for the storm with the most power outages for customers in the Area. the Bay since 1995.

On Tuesday, nearly 367,000 customers across California lost power at the peak of the storm, Singh said.

Of the total 450,000 customers statewide affected by Tuesday's outages, 290,000 had power restored as of Wednesday afternoon, he said.

“When there is extensive damage, it can take some time to safely access a situation and assess. We know this can be frustrating," Singh said. "Our commitment is to provide restoration estimates no later than 24 hours after the outage begins, even if we haven't been able to access the outage to assess it."

Angie Gibson, vice president of emergency preparedness and response at PG&E's Emergency Operations Center in Vacaville, noted that the Bay Area counties with the most damage are Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties. Most of the damage comes from the uprooting of trees due to soil saturation and extreme winds.

In turn, he explained that the upcoming climate will make it easier for the crews to evaluate and restore the affected areas.

"Fortunately, the extreme storm that did the most damage yesterday moved out of the territory," Gibson said. "We have good, dry weather, which will continue at least tomorrow with light winds."

Residents who notice a downed power line are encouraged to first call 9-1-1 and then call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. People concerned about their vulnerable neighbors can also receive information about community services in the area by calling 2-1-1.

You may be interested in: Strong winds down trees and power lines across the Bay Area

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