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Sebastopol, CA Fire Department
Tuesday November 29th, 2011 :: 05:10 p.m. PST

Advisory

National Weather Service issues High Wind Warning for Wednesday through Friday.

The information below is from the National Weather Service and PG and E, which provides great information regarding the current High Wind Warning and what you can do to prepare.


A DRY WEATHER SYSTEM WILL SWEEP SOUTH INTO NEVADA ON WEDNESDAY AND THEN INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BY THURSDAY MORNING. THIS WEATHER SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE STRONG AND GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS ACROSS THE REGION FROM WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE IN THE HILLS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. HIGHEST WIND SPEEDS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR FROM LATE WEDNESDAY THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY WHEN WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 50 MPH AND 70 MPH ARE LIKELY IN THE HILLS. WINDS AT LOWER ELEVATIONS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE AS STRONG AS IN THE HILLS...BUT LOCAL WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE EVEN CLOSE TO SEA LEVEL. ...HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 6 PM PST THURSDAY... THE HIGH WIND WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 6 PM PST THURSDAY FOR THE NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS. * WINDS: A PROLONGED AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WIND EVENT WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF 25 TO 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED...WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH. WIND GUSTS AS HIGH AS 70 MPH ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS EXPOSED RIDGES AND PEAKS. STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR FROM LATE WEDNESDAY THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY. * IMPACTS: DOWNED TREES AND BRANCHES MAY CAUSE POWER OUTAGES. LOOSE OBJECTS NOT TIED DOWN MAY BLOW AROUND. DRIVING HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL BE DIFFICULT AND POSSIBLY DANGEROUS. ANY STRUCTURE FIRE OR WILDFIRE COULD BE DIFFICULT TO SUPPRESS DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE. &&

Area: NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS-
Affected Counties or parts of: San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Marin, Monterey, Contra Costa, Napa, San Benito, Sonoma, Santa Clara, Alameda


PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY READY FOR STRONG WIND STORM THIS WEEK, OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR CUSTOMERS
Crews work year-round to minimize storm-related outages

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A strong wind storm is forecast to hit Northern and Central California, kicking up on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and lasting into Friday, Dec. 2. The winds, expected to be 35 to 45 miles per hour (mph) with gusts up to 60 mph, could result in falling trees taking down power lines and poles and interrupting electric service throughout the region.
To prepare for such storms and minimize outages, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has an extensive preventive maintenance and tree trimming program. Each year, the utility inspects every mile of line in its service area—more than 130,000 miles total—and spends more than $180 million to reduce the hazards from trees and bushes.
When outages do occur, PG&E employees remain focused on ensuring public safety, determining the extent of the damage, providing customers with all available information, and restoring service as quickly as possible.
During outages, PG&E communicates with customers regularly and through many channels about when power is expected to be restored. Customers can get information by calling PG&E’s automated outage line at 1-800-PGE-5002 or by accessing the following online resources: a live outage map and storm guide at <http://www.pge.com/>stormoutages; PG&E’s Twitter feed at <http://www.twitter.com/pge4me>; and PG&E’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pacificgasandelectric.

PG&E offers these suggestions to help customers get ready for the oncoming storm:
If you see a downed power line, assume it is “live” or carrying electric current. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.
Before calling PG&E about an outage, customers should ensure their outage is storm-related by checking their circuit breakers and/or fuse boxes to see whether the problem is limited to the electric system in their home or office, and/or by checking with neighbors to see whether other people are affected.
Do not use candles because of the risk of fire. If you must use candles, use extreme caution. Do not use candles near drapes, under lampshades or near holiday trees. Keep candles away from small children and do not leave candles unattended.
If your power goes out, turn off or unplug all electric appliances; otherwise, several appliances may come back on at once and overload your circuits when power is restored. Hot appliances also pose a fire hazard if they come back on while you’re away or asleep. Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
Have battery-operated radios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power outages.
Have battery-operated flashlights with fresh batteries on hand.
Have a cell phone or hard-wire, single-line telephone on hand. Cordless phones will not work without electricity.
Fill used liter-size plastic soda bottles with water and place them in the freezer. During an extended outage, transfer them to your refrigerator to prevent food from spoiling. Open the refrigerator only when necessary to keep warm air out and cooler air in.
If you have a generator, inform PG&E and do not use it unless it is installed safely and properly. If it is not, you risk damaging your property and endangering yourself and PG&E line workers who may be working on nearby power lines.

Address/Location
Sebastopol, CA Fire Department
7425 Bodega Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-823-8061

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