California faces historic power outage due to fire danger

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OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and JANIE HAR Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of people were poised to lose power throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty power lines. PG&E said it would begin turning off power to 800,000 customers in 34 counties starting after midnight Wednesday amid forecasts of windy, dry weather that created extreme fire danger. To the south, Southern California Edison also said Tuesday that more than 106,000 of its customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts. The news came as residents in the region's wine country north of San Francisco marked the two-year anniversary of
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