The utility said it has decided to implement the “public safety power shutoff” it began warning about Monday.
PG&E says the amount of time the power could be out has “been hard for a lot of people to accept.” The city is taking steps to prepare. Have you?
Swaths of Northern California are already in the dark. North Berkeley and the hills could be affected this evening.
Electricity has been restored for most of Alameda County too.
Lights could go out at John Muir and Emerson elementary schools, both in the Elmwood neighborhood.
Only parts of Berkeley will be affected, including the hills and the Cal campus.
City spokesman Matthai Chakko said about 7,000 PG&E customers in Berkeley — which by some estimates represents 21,000 people — could lose power this weekend in the shutoff. See the latest.
PG&E gave the “all clear” to begin restoration in Alameda County at 3 p.m. But UC Berkeley has canceled classes for Friday.
More than 7,000 PG&E customers in Berkeley remained without power Sunday night and relief may still be days away. A new blackout is set to begin Tuesday in Alameda County. Details are limited.
Staff says “almost all” of the affected addresses provided by PG&E to the city appear to be outside city limits. But Berkeley Hills residents should still be ready to evacuate with a red flag warning in effect.
Hundreds of Twitter users accused the city of telling residents with disabilities to fend for themselves during the outage. Berkeley says that doesn’t reflect what’s happening on the ground.
A change in the weather forecast prompted PG&E to call off an expected power shutoff in the area, according to the county.