Updated 6:15 p.m.
PG&E tweeted Tuesday evening that it was still working to restore power to customers in Northern California affected by the “Public Safety Power Shutoff” initiated Sunday night due to fire risks.
Thank you for your patience as crews continue to work to restore power to all customers. Current outage numbers by county: AMADOR - 2, CALAVERAS - 1,166, EL DORADO - 399, LAKE - 34, PLACER - 1.— PG&E (@PGE4Me) October 17, 2018
(AP) — About 20,000 utility customers remained without electricity Tuesday in Northern California after Pacific Gas & Electric cut power over the weekend in a pre-emptive bid to prevent wildfires in high winds and dry weather.
PG&E said it expected to restore power to all the affected customers throughout the day.
It was the first time PG&E preemptively cut power. It previously announced the plan after authorities blamed its power lines for sparking some of California's most destructive blazes.
The utility expects to pay billions of dollars in wildfire damages and has sought ways to limit its liability through the courts and Legislature.
PG&E began restoring power to the 60,000 affected customers on Monday after winds died down and wildfire risks eased.
Most of the customers who were still without power are in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.
About 4,000 residents in California's wine country north of San Francisco were also without power.
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