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NBC News’ Jacob Ward goes inside a home improvement shop in California that lost power as a result of the PG&E outages but is still open, trying to help the community stay safe.
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  1. LIBERAL FAILURES! HERE IS YOU SOCIALIST UTOPIA! VENEZUELA I MEAN CALIFORNIA IS JUST AMAZING! DRUG DECRIMINALIZED! ILLEGALS!

  2. Democrats, that's all. Democrats

  3. Very sad people r very cold hearted

  4. This Could Be A Start of a Revaluation.🤠🇺🇸

  5. "ha ha" -nelson
    Those commies deserve it…..

  6. 1. "Californians Learning That Solar Panels Don’t Work in Blackouts"
    https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/californians-learning-that-solar-panels-dont-work-in-blackouts

    Oct. 10, 2019
    Rooftop systems need batteries to operate when grid is down
    Millions have lost power in outage to prevent more wildfires

    Californians have embraced rooftop solar panels more than anyone in the U.S., but many are learning the hard way the systems won’t keep the lights on during blackouts.

    That’s because most panels are designed to supply power to the grid — not directly to houses. During the heat of the day, solar systems can crank out more juice than a home can handle. Conversely, they don’t produce power at all at night.

    So systems are tied into the grid, and the vast majority aren’t working this week as PG&E Corp. cuts power to much of Northern California to prevent wildfires.

    The only way for most solar panels to work during a blackout is pairing them with batteries. That market is just starting to take off. Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. rooftop solar company, said hundreds of its customers are making it through the blackouts with batteries.

    “It’s the perfect combination for getting through these shutdowns,” Sunrun Chairman Ed Fenster said in an interview. He expects battery sales to boom in the wake of the outages.

    And no, trying to run appliances off the power in a Tesla Inc. electric car won’t work, at least without special equipment.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Martin in New York at cmartin11@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lynn Doan at ldoan6@bloomberg.net

    YOU BE THE JUDGE HERE ON THIS NEXT ONE:

    2. "California Man Reliant on Oxygen Dies 12 Minutes After PG&E Cut Power"
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/oxygen-dependent-man-dies-12-minutes-after-pge-cuts-power-to-his-home
    A Northern California man reliant on an oxygen tank to breathe died 12 minutes after power company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) cut off electricity to his home, fire officials said Friday 11 Oct 2019.

    Robert Mardis, 67, died roughly 12 minutes after the California power company cut off power to his home and the surrounding area.

    Fire personnel responding to a 3:40 a.m. call found the man unresponsive on the floor wearing his oxygen equipment around his nose.

    Mardis’s family said he had a lot of health issues and had battery-operated equipment at the ready in case something happened, but he could not reach his battery-operated tank in time.

    “He had health issues,” Mardis’ daughter, Marie Aldea, told KXTL. “He had really bad COPD, which didn’t help, and he had congestive heart failure and other health issues, but the power going off and him not being able to get to his oxygen is, I believe, is what did it.”

    But an autopsy report completed Friday afternoon 11 Oct 2019 concluded that the Mardis died of severe coronary artery atherosclerosis and not because of the power outage, the Sacramento Bee reported.
    https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article236043743.html

    PG&E—California’s largest utility company— announced Monday that large parts of Northern California could face blackouts to prevent wildfires from starting.

    The company added that it would shut off power to 29 counties between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon 10 Oct 2019 because of the dry air and 30 mile per hour (mph) wind gusts that could start potentially catastrophic wildfires.

  7. 1. "Californians Learning That Solar Panels Don’t Work in Blackouts"
    https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/californians-learning-that-solar-panels-dont-work-in-blackouts

    Oct. 10, 2019
    Rooftop systems need batteries to operate when grid is down
    Millions have lost power in outage to prevent more wildfires

    Californians have embraced rooftop solar panels more than anyone in the U.S., but many are learning the hard way the systems won’t keep the lights on during blackouts.

    That’s because most panels are designed to supply power to the grid — not directly to houses. During the heat of the day, solar systems can crank out more juice than a home can handle. Conversely, they don’t produce power at all at night.

    So systems are tied into the grid, and the vast majority aren’t working this week as PG&E Corp. cuts power to much of Northern California to prevent wildfires.

    The only way for most solar panels to work during a blackout is pairing them with batteries. That market is just starting to take off. Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. rooftop solar company, said hundreds of its customers are making it through the blackouts with batteries.

    “It’s the perfect combination for getting through these shutdowns,” Sunrun Chairman Ed Fenster said in an interview. He expects battery sales to boom in the wake of the outages.

    And no, trying to run appliances off the power in a Tesla Inc. electric car won’t work, at least without special equipment.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Martin in New York at cmartin11@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lynn Doan at ldoan6@bloomberg.net

    YOU BE THE JUDGE HERE ON THIS NEXT ONE:

    2. "California Man Reliant on Oxygen Dies 12 Minutes After PG&E Cut Power"
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/oxygen-dependent-man-dies-12-minutes-after-pge-cuts-power-to-his-home
    A Northern California man reliant on an oxygen tank to breathe died 12 minutes after power company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) cut off electricity to his home, fire officials said Friday 11 Oct 2019.

    Robert Mardis, 67, died roughly 12 minutes after the California power company cut off power to his home and the surrounding area.

    Fire personnel responding to a 3:40 a.m. call found the man unresponsive on the floor wearing his oxygen equipment around his nose.

    Mardis’s family said he had a lot of health issues and had battery-operated equipment at the ready in case something happened, but he could not reach his battery-operated tank in time.

    “He had health issues,” Mardis’ daughter, Marie Aldea, told KXTL. “He had really bad COPD, which didn’t help, and he had congestive heart failure and other health issues, but the power going off and him not being able to get to his oxygen is, I believe, is what did it.”

    But an autopsy report completed Friday afternoon 11 Oct 2019 concluded that the Mardis died of severe coronary artery atherosclerosis and not because of the power outage, the Sacramento Bee reported.
    https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article236043743.html

    PG&E—California’s largest utility company— announced Monday that large parts of Northern California could face blackouts to prevent wildfires from starting.

    The company added that it would shut off power to 29 counties between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon 10 Oct 2019 because of the dry air and 30 mile per hour (mph) wind gusts that could start potentially catastrophic wildfires.

  8. Venezuela liberalism has struck California! Enjoy!

  9. California super chess : If we just make the place terrible enough we wouldn't have to even take a stance on immigration since nobody would come.

  10. Looks like the californians are going to have to eat their pets again.

  11. I believe tort reform needs to happen. The Camp fire bankrupted PG&E.

  12. Power should be a public utility

  13. Test run before they do this nationwide

  14. Mexico has now surpassed California.

  15. What better place to bring in and test martial law, practice on the dumbest people on the planet, Californians, they will do what ever they are told. First disarm the sheep nobody complained, then turn off their power so their food rots in the coolers and if they still don't complain turn off the water and let the fun begin. Meanwhile their only concern will be gender they are and the orange man.

  16. How to stay safe amid PG&E power outages:

    Here's a hint. Move out of California.

  17. California is an utter failure. Quit acting like this is perfectly acceptable.

  18. HOW to stay safe =more ammo and weapons

  19. Switch from electric to steam power. That's the wave of the future.

  20. A week of no power solves nothing. This is a beta test for longer,more crippling periods of blackout.
    What have we come to?….this is INSANITY.

  21. Congratulations Gov. Newsom.

  22. Suddenly, Californians are learning to love fossil fuel! Welcome to reality! You get what you vote for! How 'bout spending the money to upgrade the power grid instead of spending 100 + billions of dollars on a new train system? Oh, a train system that will be electric powered BTW…

  23. Does anyone else not see the connection between this and the VERY Anti 2A bill signed into effect TODAY…. Or is my Tin Foil hat showing??? 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀

  24. master blaster runs California!

  25. PG and E bankrupt!!!! Curious!!!!

  26. The key to getting power
    from your solar when the grid is down is something called an automatic transfer
    switch. When grid power fails this will disconnect your solar from the grid. At
    that point the power from the solar can be sent to a battery pack through a
    charge controller.

  27. U think a fire killing 100 people and destroying a city from faulty pg and e lines is bad… just wait for the oncoming onslaught from mass power cuts. Call another 100 plus dead and more lawsuits.then they can shake a stick at with riots to boot

  28. Stay safe? Lmao this is the beginning everybody . You should already be prepared. Prepare for the end because it is coming.

  29. Sounds like we are commencing the “culling of the herd” smh (weak, poor, elderly) sad world we live in

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