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Unprecedented power outages begin in California as winds bring critical fire danger

Joseph Serna, Jaclyn Cosgrove and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times on

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It took the utility less than a day to restore power to customers during a three-county shut-off it performed last weekend and during another in September, the company said in a statement.

At a press conference Tuesday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf expressed her concern over PG&E's timeline to restore power, but added she was grateful they had some time to prepare.

"We expect PG&E to do everything to minimize the impact to residents," Schaaf said. "The idea of five days without electricity is devastating. We fully expect that to be a worst-case scenario."

Serna and Cosgrove reported from Los Angeles, McGreevy from Sacramento. Times staff writer Liam Dillon in Sacramento contributed to this report.

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