Up to 2.5m Californians face days of power shutoffs amid wildfire fears

Schools and businesses close as country’s biggest utility, PG&E, cuts power to record swath of northern California

Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on generators.

Much of northern California is facing life without electricity or gas for as many as five to seven days on Wednesday, after the country’s largest utility company cut power to an unprecedented swath of the state as a preventive measure against wildfires.

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