According to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, PG&E has confirmed that the cause of this morning’s widespread power outage is a transmission line impacted by winter weather.
“PG&E has stated that restoration work has already begun and that most of Humboldt County should regain power by mid-late morning,” OES wrote in a Facebook post.
A widespread power outage hit much — if not all — of Humboldt County early this morning for unknown reasons.
PG&E is working to find the cause of the outages, which began to hit around 5:40 a.m., according to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services. Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal says the county is in touch with PG&E but because the company doesn’t know the cause of the outage or the location of any potential equipment failure, there is no timetable for restoration.
While this is not a planned Public Safety Power Shutoff, the outage is widespread enough that the Humboldt County Office of Education is updating its school closures spreadsheet, which can be found here
OES advises residents to only call law enforcement for police, fire and medical needs and emergencies, and to direct any outage related inquiries to PG&E.
We’ll update with more information as we get it.