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Update: Portola Valley, Woodside prepare for power shutoffs at noon today

Original post made on Oct 9, 2019

The Woodside district fire marshal is warning Portola Valley and Woodside residents to prepare themselves and their households for a fire danger-related power shutoff that is expected to begin at noon today and last up to five days.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 8:57 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Woodside
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:03 am

If there is an actual weather event, such as high winds, then I understand.

As it looks now and in the forecast, the wind is barely getting above a light breeze in Woodside and I will be royally annoyed if we lose power for several days totally as a precautionary measure.

We had fairly strong wind one day last week, and no power outage.

PG&E appears to be significantly overstepping their bounds, thanks to lawyers, I'm sure, but only time will tell for sure.

Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:05 am

It would be nice if the Almanac could provide map images larger than postage stamp sized.

Posted by neenee
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Oct 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm

neenee is a registered user.

The Highwinds are supposed to start overnight tonight and into Thursday

Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 9, 2019 at 1:36 pm

The state should require PG&E and the counties to remove any trees which pose a hazard to any power lines. Yes it will cost money and we will lose trees, but it would hopefully significantly lower the fire danger from power lines. Also it would go a long way to eliminate the need or want of PG&E to cover their derrière and protect their shareholders by shutting down the power if someone passes gas too forcefully near one of their power lines.

Posted by Barry
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm

All it takes is one good gust of wind to knock down a branch onto power lines and spark a fire. PG&E is just the scapegoat for public land-use policies which create communities concentrated in areas of high fire risk and populated by residents resistant to cutting down trees and too busy to practice preventative maintenance. We Californians pinned the blame on PG&E for the damage from last year's Camp Fire: they had to file for bankruptcy and settle for at least $1 billion in liabilities. So PG&E now has no choice but to shut off power if there's any risk of fire.

Posted by Woodside
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 9, 2019 at 8:47 pm

According to the current weather forecast, we are not supposed to have wind above 5-6 miles per hour over then next 48 hours.

One would hope the outage will be canceled.

Posted by 1000mg
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm

Last night/Wednesday morning the wind came up (hard) at 2am for half an hour. And stopped.

Fact. Was it forecasted?

Posted by whstever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 10, 2019 at 8:14 am

Perhaps you didn't read the beginning of my comment.
The state needs to require the removal of any trees posing a hazard.

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