Jan. 26—SANTA CRUZ — By now it's no secret that high winds and heavy rains are in the forest for the
"A base camp is like a remote work yard for crews," said PG&E Spokeswoman
The utility provider usually sets up these base camps in remote locations in order to make impacted areas in the
"As a result, having a remote location, in addition to the yard, allows us to overcome some of the challenges to make restoration work more efficient," Tostado said.
Santa Cruz County is expected to experience gale-force winds in the mountains this week, as wind speeds are predicted to reach near 70 mph, according to
If anyone ever comes across a downed power line, they should assume the wire is still live. Keep children, animals and away from the wire and don't touch or move it. Instead, report the power line immediately to 9-1-1 or
They advised people to practice safe use of generators. Any emergency-use generator should be used in a well-ventilated area. They also suggest that the generator be installed by an electrician, as improperly installed generators can pose a danger to users and restoration crews.
They also suggest that all outdoor furniture be secured. High winds can throw the furniture around and create further damage to powerlines. They also recommend using flashlights instead of candles if possible. Candles can pose a greater fire risk during an outage. If a candle is the only option, keep them away from drapes, lampshades, animals and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
Residents should also have a backup phone. Phones that require electricity to work will no longer function during a power outage. A charged cordless phone or cellphone is the recommended alternative.
With a series of winter storms on tap this week,
For the most up to date information about power outages in the county, visit pge.com/outagemap.
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