Community Resource Centers Open As Power Outages Linger
Update at 4:30 p.m.: PG&E is reporting a power outage in the Gibbs Ranch area of Sonora this afternoon.
The utility reports crews are at the site investigating a cause while the CHP has reported a transformer explosion and fire along Johnny Avenue near Racetrack Road. The outage is impacting about 40 customers. There is no estimated time of repair being given by the company.
Update at 2 p.m.: PG&E updates there remain nearly 3,000 customers without electricity this afternoon in Tuolumne County. Most are along the Highway 108 corridor in the Twain Harte and Miwuk Village areas as detailed in the chart below:
Crews are out in the field, assessing damage, making repairs, and working to get the power back on safely and as quickly as possible, relayed utility spokesperson Megan McFarland. The remaining 2,826 customers estimated repair times are between 8 p.m. and midnight with most in the latter timeframe.
In Calaveras County, there are under a thousand still without lights from the Arnold area up to the Alpine County line with their estimated restoration also from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Original post at 8:15 a.m.: Sonora, CA — There are still over 4,500 PG&E customers without power in Tuolumne County, and thousands also without near the Calaveras and Alpine county border.
The hope is to have a majority of the remaining customers restored by around nine o’clock this evening. The hardest hit areas in Tuolumne County are around Twain Harte, Confidence, Sugar Pine and Mi Wuk Village. Downed trees have caused access issues in some areas.
PG&E reports that Community Resource Centers are open today at the Word of Life Fellowship Church on Highway 108 in Mi Wuk Village, the Chapel of the Pines Church on Cedar Lane in Arnold and at the Murphys Fire Department on Jones Street. They have available some snacks, blankets, charging stations, wi-fi and restrooms.