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About 70K experienced short power outages in their homes. According to utility company, a momentary outage is usually the cause when lights flicker at home during storms or during high wind. It is caused by short disruptions in the grid, which can activate safety devices such as fuses or switches.
Thousands of people in Washington County were without electricity. The outage was caused by a falling pole. According to local utility company 3,600 were affected in the Beaverton and Hillsboro areas while some glitches on their power outage map showed 8,700 before.
PG&E anticipates another Public Safety Power Shutoff expected to affect approximately 850,000 customers and may impact portions of 36 counties, including parts of the North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay.
On Thursday morning PG&E shut off power in 15 California counties to prevent accidental fires, affecting about 180,000 homes. About 50,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the state by wildfires driven by powerful winds.