The Latest: PG&E restoring power to thousands in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local):

9 a.m.

Pacific Gas & Electric has started restoring power to some of the 120,000 people whose electricity was shut down amid windy, dry weather.

The utility said Thursday about 10,000 customers — or 25,000 people — had power restored and the rest should have their lights back on by evening.

The nation’s largest utility cut power Wednesday in parts of 10 Northern California counties because of concerns that windy weather could throw debris into power lines, causing them to spark and ignite tinder-dry brush.

PG&E says its meteorologists have declared a weather all-clear, allowing its crews to inspect and, if necessary, repair power lines.

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12 a.m.

Pacific Gas & Electric expects to restore power to most of the 120,000 people it intentionally blacked out to avoid the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

The nation’s largest utility cut the juice on Wednesday in 10 Northern and central California counties because of concerns that dry, windy weather could throw debris into power lines, causing them to spark and ignite tinder-dry brush.

But officials say the weather proved better than expected, with higher humidity, cloud cover and even some rain in the Sierra Nevada.

That allowed PG&E to drastically reduce the number of customers it originally expected to black out — about 375,000 — and even to begin restoring electricity in some areas.

The utility expected to declare a weather all-clear Thursday morning, allowing its crews to inspect and if necessary, repair power lines.

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