Adventist Health Sonora has backup power generators ready to go, communications staff for the hospital posted online Tuesday. The hospital’s emergency department, birth center, medical surgical, intensive care, long term care, home care and hospice teams will be operational. Elective surgeries will be postponed. Clinic offices, physician offices, rapid care and other outpatient services will be closed.

The Union Democrat Job Fair at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds Thursday will go on as planned from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Manzanita Building.

Staff at the Safeway at 1291 Sanguinetti Road in Sonora will have generators and they plan on being open. A customer service representative there said before noon Tuesday there is no dry ice left anywhere in Sonora.

Both the Lower Save Mart at 130 West Stockton and the Upper Save Mart at 1045 Mono Way plan to stay open.

Staff at Grocery Outlet at 685 S. Washington St. said they will not have generators and they plan to close if PG&E shuts off power.

Oak Valley Community Bank locations at 85 Mono Way and 14890 Mono Way will have limited hours 9 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday. Depending on internet connectivity, staff hope to have a backup power source to keep the 85 Mono Way location open until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Twain Harte Market at 18711 Tiffeni Drive has a generator and staff plan to keep the store open.

Interfaith Community Social Services at 18500 Striker Court, off Tuolumne Road, will be closed Wednesday and Thursday if power shut offs happen.

An annual Centenarian Honors Lunch at Tuolumne County Senior Center planned Wednesday has been postponed to 11 a.m. Nov. 7.

Meetings of the Yosemite Community College District Board planned Wednesday at Columbia College are now planned to start at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at 2201 Blue Gum Ave. in Modesto.

The city council for Angels Camp planned to hold an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday for an update on public safety power shutoffs.

Tuolumne County's electricity grid will be shut off countywide at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Pacific Gas and Electric has confirmed to Tuolumne County’s office of emergency services.

The power outage is expected to affect the entirety of the county’s residents and businesses, Liz Peterson, county Office of Emergency Services coordinator, said Tuesday.

Merita Callaway, 3rd District supervisor in Calaveras County, said Calaveras power will be shut off early Wednesday, shortly after midnight.

The utility said the shutoffs were needed because strong winds were expected to bring extreme fire danger to the central and northern Sierra.

Some 800,000 customers will be affected in what the utility said would be a rolling shutdown, different times in various regions depending on the strength of the wind.

“PG&E has made the decision to move forward with the de-energization and they are notifying their customers at this time,” Liz Peterson, county Office of Emergency Services coordinator, said.

Pacific Gas and Electric customers swamped a PG&E website devoted to public safety power shutoff updates. The utility apologized on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

There’s a red flag warning in effect for strong winds and low humidity levels in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday. Forecasts call for north to northeast winds 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts 40 to 50 mph, stronger in canyons and on exposed ridges.

Asked Tuesday if any specific businesses or hospitals or other facilities will not be shut off by PG&E, Brandi Merlo with PG&E marketing and communications, said, “All customers are included in a public safety power shutoff.”

Officials in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties said cell service is expected to remain available.

Also Tuesday, more than 40,000 residents who get water and wastewater services from Tuolumne Utilities District were being urged by TUD to conserve water if PG&E turns off power. TUD staff Tuesday were checking backup generators and filling water storage tanks to capacity.

In Calaveras County, eight utilities serving communities including Angels Camp, San Andreas and Valley Springs are urging customers to use water only for critical health and safety needs.

Pacific Gas and Electric staff say they are planning to open community resource centers with restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioning. One of the centers in Calaveras County is planned 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Meadowmont Shopping Center, 2182 Highway 4 in Arnold.

Peterson said there will be a center opening at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Ave. in Sonora.

Twain Harte Community Services District staff plan to provide wifi internet access and an electronic device charging station in the office parking lot at 22912 Vantage Pointe Drive 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for the duration of the power shutoffs. Twain Harte CSD staff will also offer tap water for people who rely on groundwater wells so they can fill water containers up to 10 gallons for flushing toilets and other sanitation needs.The water must be considered non-potable.

Groveland Community Services District staff say they plan to open a center in the GCSD office parking lot at 18966 Ferretti Road where people can access the internet, charge electronic devices and get updates. People on groundwater wells and without power will be able to fill water bottles and containers with tap water, to allow for flushing toilets, bathing and other sanitation needs. People receiving water should treat it as non-potable.

Wayne Collins with Cal.net says the business will have free wifi, and device-charging 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 197-A Mono Way in Sonora.

Hospitals and some businesses in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties plan to stay open with generators and other backup power sources.

Adventist Health Sonora has backup power generators ready to go, communications staff for the hospital posted online Tuesday. The hospital’s emergency department, birth center, medical surgical, intensive care, long term care, home care and hospice teams will be operational. Elective surgeries will be postponed. Clinic offices, physician offices, rapid care and other outpatient services will be closed.

The Union Democrat Job Fair at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds Thursday will go on as planned from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Manzanita Building.

Staff at the Safeway at 1291 Sanguinetti Road in Sonora will have generators and they plan on being open.

Both the Lower Save Mart at 130 West Stockton and the Upper Save Mart at 1045 Mono Way plan to stay open.

Staff at Grocery Outlet at 685 S. Washington St. said they will not have generators and they will close if PG&E shuts off power.

Oak Valley Community Bank locations at 85 Mono Way and 14890 Mono Way will have limited hours 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Depending on internet connectivity, staff hope to have a backup power source to keep the 85 Mono Way location open until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Twain Harte Market at 18711 Tiffeni Drive has a generator and staff plan to keep the store open.

Interfaith Community Social Services at 18500 Striker Court, off Tuolumne Road, will be closed Wednesday and Thursday if power shut offs happen.

An annual Centenarian Honors Lunch at Tuolumne County Senior Center planned Wednesday has been postponed to 11 a.m. Nov. 7.

Meetings of the Yosemite Community College District Board planned Wednesday at Columbia College are now planned to start at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at 2201 Blue Gum Ave. in Modesto.

The city council for Angels Camp planned to hold an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday for an update on public safety power shutoffs.

If the public safety power shutoffs last until Friday or longer, Calaveras Public Health staff plan to open a shelter to provide electricity for people with electrified medical devices required to maintain life, including ventilators and oxygen generators. One caregiver per person will be permitted access to the shelter at Mountain Oaks High School, 150 Old Oak Road, San Andreas. If the shelter opens, it will be at 5 p.m. Friday and it will stay open until power is restored. Calaveras Public Health Division offices will be closed for the duration of the public safety power shutoffs. For more about eligibility for shelter access call (209) 286-9058.

Also Tuesday, Cal Fire communications staff in Sacramento said the agency is calling in more firefighters for extreme fire weather conditions expected Wednesday and Thursday in central and northern Sierra counties.

Some of the state’s most destructive and deadliest fires have occurred in autumn months, October through December, Thom Porter, Cal Fire’s chief and director, said Tuesday in a statement. Wind-driven fires move fast, and residents need to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. It’s important to follow evacuation orders and leave early because fires move very fast in wind-driven conditions.

Cal Fire staff urge residents and workers to exercise extreme caution in and near any fuel-heavy fields and forests to avoid sparking fires. People need to avoid mowing and trimming dry grass on windy days. Motorists should never try to drive, stop or park in dry grass. People with guns should target shoot only in approved areas and use lead ammunition only. Cal Fire staff also urge everyone to keep an eye out for and report suspicious activities to prevent arson.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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