Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Photo by Danielle Echeverria

Smoke obscures the view behind transmission power lines in Oakland Hills, Oakland, California on August 18, 2021. PG&E has warned that customers in East and North Bay may see power outages starting Monday, October 11 due to dry winds and the risk of fires .

Smoke obscures the view behind transmission power lines in Oakland Hills, Oakland, California on August 18, 2021. PG&E has warned that customers in East and North Bay may see power outages starting Monday, October 11 due to dry winds and the risk of fires .

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Parts of the North and East Bay could see power outages Monday, Pacific Gas & Electric announced Saturday.

The potential public safety disruptions – cuts that PG&E is planning to prevent wildfires – are similar to dry, gusts that are expected to start on Monday morning. The National Weather Service has also issued a fire check for the eastern interiors of the North Bay Mountains and East Bay hills, beginning Sunday night and lasting through Tuesday.

Cold wind, when combined with drought and dry vegetation, increases the risk of a small spark igniting a wildfire.

In the Bay Area, the disruptions could affect nearly 8,000 customers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties, among other counties across California, according to the tool. Nationwide, the closures could affect 44,000 customers in 32 counties, warned PG&E.

The company began notifying customers who may be affected Saturday via text, email and automated phone calls. Customers can also look up their address online to find out if they may be affected.

Danielle Echeverria is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: danielle.echeverria@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @DanielleEchev

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