UPDATE: Wednesday October 9th.
The PG&E Bay Area power outage has begun. According to NBC Bay Area...
Around 12 a.m., PG&E started the first phase, cutting off power to roughly 513,000 customers across Northern California, including areas of Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties, amid windy and dry conditions, which create extreme fire danger. The second phase, which is scheduled to begin around 12 p.m. Wednesday, is expected to impact about 234,000 customers across Northern and Central California, including customers in the following Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara. A third round of shutoffs is being considered for about 42,000 customers across PG&E's southernmost service areas.
Check out PG&E's outage map right here to see if your home or business will impacted.
In addition, many Bay Area schools will be closing during the outage. The list, also via NBC Bay Area is as follows...
Alum Rock Union School District schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Napa Valley Unified schools closed Wednesday and Thursday
St. Helena Unified closed Wednesday
Howell Mountain ESD closed Wednesday and Thursday
Napa County Office of Educaton: after school and preschool programs on NVUSD campuses will be closed. The St. Helena Child Development Center will be closed.
Alexander Valley School closed Wednesday and Thursday
Bennett Valley Union School District closed Wednesday
Cloverdale Unified School District closed Wednesday
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District closed Wednesday
Kashia School District closed Wednesday
Geyserville Unified School District closed Wednesday
Mark West Union School District closed Wednesday with a projected closure on Thursday
Old Adobe Union School District: Only Sonoma Mountain and Old Adobe charter schools closed Wednesday
The following schools in the Santa Rosa City Schools district will be closed Wednesday:
Maria Carrillo High
Rincon Valley Middle
Santa Rosa Middle
Hidden Valley Elementary
Proctor Terrace Elementary
Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School
Lewis Education Center
All after-school programs at those schools, such as athletics and childcare, are also canceled.
Castro Valley Unified said schools will be canceled Wednesday at the following campuses: Jensen Ranch, Palomares, and Proctor Elementary Schools and Canyon Middle School.
Oakland Unified School District said all schools will be in session Wednesday with the exception of Skyline High School, which will be closed.
UC Berkeley has canceled classes Wednesday. The campus will remain open, though services will be limited.
Mills College has canceled classes Wednesday and Thursday.
Santa Rosa Junior College has canceled classes during the outages.
Sonoma State University will cancel classes during the outages.
PG&E says that this week, due to Fire Weather Watch, more than 600,000 people across 30 counties in the Bay Area could lose power.
The counties that could be impacted are: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.
According to ABC 7 News... The main period of weather risk is early Wednesday morning through Thursday midday. The dry, windy weather pattern is expected to reach from the northern portions of PG&E's service territory and down through the Sacramento Valley before spreading into the central areas of the state including most of the Bay Area.
Click here for a map of the affected areas.