Well, it was as the senator promised: PG&E turned the power back on to most of Humboldt County last night, as we slept. Humboldt County was first in to the great public safety power shutoff of 2019, and we were also first out.
But thousands of customers in the more rural parts of the county are still dark as of this writing. Most of them are along the Highway 96 corridor, from Willow Creek to Orleans. You should be able to pan and zoom on the constantly updating map above to see where power is still shut off and where it is back.
Hundreds of thousands of customers are still blacked out elsewhere in the state.
There are still lots of questions to answer, and the Outpost hopes to get at them in the coming days. Why did we get only 12 hours notice? Why was PG&E unable to use its power plant at King Salmon to power Humboldt County, most of which was under no threat of wildfire? Will it be able to do so in the future? Why did all of Humboldt have to go down, while in other counties the utility was able to target problem areas more precisely? (In Mendocino County, for example, the town of Willits never lost power, though nearby rural areas where there was a fire threat did.)
That’s all to come. This morning you may rejoice.
A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE GREAT PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUTOFF OF 2019:
- Sen. Mike McGuire Says Humboldt Will Start Coming Back Online Tonight
- Look Up: Conditions are Perfect For a Fireball-Producing Meteor Shower Visible From Humboldt Tonight
- CITY OF EUREKA: Extra Cops Will Patrol Tonight; Residents Should be Prepared for Blackout to Last Until Friday
- Humboldt State is Closed Through Tomorrow, At Least
- Eureka Rescue Mission Could Use Blankets, Water as Volunteers Prepare for Cold-Weather Shelter
- Arcata House Partnership Puts Out the Call for Volunteers, Donations During the Outage
- PG&E Says Power Could Be Restored to Humboldt Sooner Than Had Been Expected
- Here’s the Latest Outage News From Around the County; More Information Should Be Available Soon
- Some Postal Services May Be Affected By Outage, USPS Says
- PG&E Spokesperson Confirms That They’re Planning For Three to Five Days of Blackout, Talks About Why Humboldt Had to Be Deenergized
- (AUDIO) KHUM’s Cliff Berkowitz Interviews Sean Quincey of the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services
- Humboldt Goes Dark: The Great PG&E Shutdown of 2019 is Upon Us
- THAT’S IT: The Big Power Shutdown is Definitely Going to Hit Humboldt Too
- (UPDATE) OFFICE OF EDUCATION: Most Schools Will Stay Open Tomorrow, Whether There is Power Or Not, But There Are A Couple of Exceptions
- The Power WILL Be Cut Off to a Large Swath of California Tonight … But There’s Maybe a Chance That Some of Humboldt Will Escape That Fate?
- Humboldt Bay Fire, Eureka Police Department Share Safety Tips in Preparation of Looming Power Outage
- County Emergency Services Issue Statement on Potential Days-Long Power Shutoff; Says PG&E Working on Plan to Backfill Power at King Salmon Plant
- (UPDATES) BLACKOUT ALERT: That Big, Upcoming PG&E Shutdown May Well Include Humboldt After All, Says County Office of Emergency Services