Ten of thousands of homes in California remained without power Friday as heavy rains and high winds continued to pound the state.
“We have a short window of time to make as much progress as we can before the next weather system in this series of storms enters our service area over the weekend,” said Janisse Quiñones, PG&E’s senior vice president for electric operations, in an update on the company’s website. PG&E had about 2,300 outages affecting 95,500 customers as of 3 p.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service expects another atmospheric river to hit northern California late Friday and spread to central California Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. (Atmospheric rivers, which channel warm tropical air into precipitation, deliver increased rainfall.)
As a “more intense atmospheric river” hits the state Monday, more heavy rain and gusty winds, lasting into Tuesday, could bring additional power outages, the NWS said.
‘Rivers in the sky’:Graphics show atmospheric river soaking California’s Bay Area
Saturated ground and the prospect of more strong winds could result in fallen trees, which could increase the likelihood of widespread power outages, AccuWeather said.
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