Destructive Winds Leave Sacramento Region in Darkness
A potent storm system is unleashing havoc on the Sacramento region, with wind gusts reaching up to 65 mph, causing extensive damage to trees and power lines. The powerful winds have led to widespread power outages, affecting hundreds of thousands of residents in the area.
Widespread Power Outages Hit Sacramento
As of 7:15 p.m., the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) app reported a staggering 204,000 customers without power. Although the number has decreased to 84,662 customers with 1,086 outages as of 10:30 p.m., the impact remains significant. The storm’s intensity and speed caught many off guard, amplifying the challenges faced by utility crews in restoring power swiftly.
SMUD’s Battle Against Downed Lines and Power Poles
The storm’s fury has left behind a trail of destruction, with more than 60 downed lines, numerous fallen power poles, and trees impacting essential equipment, according to a Sunday night news release from SMUD. The utility company anticipates these numbers to rise as assessment efforts continue. With more than 80 crews working tirelessly around the clock, SMUD aims to assess damage, make repairs, and restore power promptly. However, the unsafe conditions during wind gusts pose challenges for crews making repairs.
Nighttime Battle and Ongoing Outages
As night falls, some areas will continue to face power outages, and SMUD is reaching out to customers whose electricity may be disrupted overnight. Urging caution, the utility advises people encountering downed power lines to stay clear and immediately contact 1-888-456-SMUD (7683) or 911.
PG&E Also Faces Widespread Outages
PG&E’s outage map reveals tens of thousands of customers grappling with power outages as well, amplifying the scope of the storm’s impact. The National Weather Service issues warnings for potential power outages, challenging driving conditions, and the risk of downed trees, echoing similar storm damage experienced in previous years.
Preparation and Safety Measures Advised
Officials emphasize the need for preparedness, urging residents to have flashlights on hand and ensure their electronic devices are charged. With driving conditions compromised due to downed trees, caution is paramount on the road. As the storm rages on, the collaboration between utility crews and residents’ proactive safety measures becomes crucial in mitigating the impact of this powerful weather event on the Sacramento region.