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#293767 - 10/09/19 11:57 AM Power outages in the Bay Area
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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https://abc7news.com/weather/185000-without-power-in-north-bay-as-pg-e-begins-power-outages/5604876/

I own a small generator, enough to power both sump pumps simultaneously in a storm or the fridge and a bunch of other stuff when it isnít raining hard. As Mrs. Magnet and I contemplate moving, Iím putting a more robust backup power solution into my list of requirements.

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#293768 - 10/09/19 01:20 PM Re: Power outages in the Bay Area [Re: chaosmagnet]
LesSnyder Offline
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Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1580
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
might be a good idea to have natural gas installed... I have two small generators, but don't really keep a quantity of food on hand that is worth the cost of fuel just for the refrigerator... for tropical storms, a pre chilled cooler and some frozen jugs of water work for me... the last couple of storms have had power restored within 4 days YMMV...

having two small generators... a 3500W 240v Honda and 2000W 120v inverter allows me flexibility... important circuits are on the same leg so the smaller inverter works what is required...

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#293773 - 10/09/19 07:32 PM Re: Power outages in the Bay Area [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 826
Are these the intentional ones?

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#293775 - 10/09/19 08:02 PM Re: Power outages in the Bay Area [Re: teacher]
Russ Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5237
Loc: SOCAL
From what I gather yes, the power was shut down intentionally in an effort to prevent an electrical fire due to ongoing weather conditions.

ĎThis Is A Last Resortí; Massive Bay Area Power Outage Underway
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It could take as many as five days to restore power after the danger has passed because every inch of power line must be checked to make sure it isnít damaged or in danger of sparking a blaze, PG&E said.
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#293780 - 10/09/19 11:01 PM Re: Power outages in the Bay Area [Re: teacher]
adam2 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 441
Loc: Somerset UK
Originally Posted By: teacher
Are these the intentional ones?


In general yes, though of course there might be the odd "normal" breakdown that has coincidentally occurred at the same time.

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#293787 - 10/10/19 03:40 AM A small taste of SHTF
brandtb Offline
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Registered: 11/26/04
Posts: 318
Loc: S.E. Pennsylvania
California residents - 600,000 to 800,000 of them - are experiencing planned blackouts as power officials hope to prevent more fires.

https://poweroutage.us/area/state/california

It will be informative to hear after action reports of how well residents coped with these well publicized outages. How, for example, will your 80 year old grandma get between her 10th floor condo and the ground floor without the elevator? Will the traffic signals and street lights work? Cash will be required when the credit cards and ATMs don't work.

Edited to add - I placed this in Large Scale Emergencies before I looked at Urban Preparedness.


Edited by brandtb (10/10/19 03:46 AM)
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#293791 - 10/10/19 11:39 AM Re: A small taste of SHTF [Re: chaosmagnet]
adam2 Offline
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Posts: 441
Loc: Somerset UK
Are there any 10 storey buildings in the affected area ? I understood that only rural and semi-rural areas were affected.

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#293792 - 10/10/19 01:27 PM Re: A small taste of SHTF [Re: brandtb]
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Posts: 7069
Loc: southern Cal
I can tell you right away that traffic lights work unpredictably, if at all during a power outage. We had to drive all of five miles when evacuating from the Thomas fire a couple of years ago, on a route with which we were quite familiar, and it was rough and extremely hazardous.

I just read a news report of numerous accidents related to malfunctioning traffic lights in NoCal; I can believe it
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#293798 - 10/10/19 05:41 PM Re: A small taste of SHTF [Re: adam2]
clearwater Offline
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Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1124
Loc: Channeled Scablands
Originally Posted By: adam2
Are there any 10 storey buildings in the affected area ? I understood that only rural and semi-rural areas were affected.


If you consider Cupertino and San Jose Semi-rural.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=sky+scrapers+in+san+jose&t=osx&iar=images&ia=images

Sleep apnea machines go down in the middle of the night.

"Quick, charge the Tesla"

Wonder what the people who want to ban Natural Gas are saying now? Put in a wood stove?


Edited by clearwater (10/10/19 06:01 PM)

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#293807 - 10/11/19 03:40 PM Re: Power outages in the Bay Area [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7069
Loc: southern Cal
Blowing really hard right now, but the power is still on
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