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PG&E officials say wind gusts were over 50 mph in Kern County during power shutoff

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 13:50:41-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Wind gusts exceeded 50 mph in Kern County during Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Public Safety Power Shutoff last week.

According to a fact sheet released by PG&E officials, crews and contractors inspected nearly 25,000 miles of distribution lines and 2,500 miles of transmission lines after the event. Officials also added that more than 100 instances of damage were found during inspections, including trees into lines and downed power lines, with the analysis of additional damage reports ongoing.

Locally, PG&E's meteorologists and fire-weather experts predicted that it was a very "high risk" event and maximum wind gusts exceeded 50 mph in 16 counties around the state, including Kern County. Officials said during the PSPS event, winds went up to 51 mph in Kern County.

You can view PG&E's full fact sheet below: