On Oct. 9, Northern California residents were left in the dark for three days after Pacific Gas & Electric Co., one of three of California’s electric providers, shut off power to 2 million residents in the nation’s third-largest state with permission from the government.

The areas affected included 34 Northern California counties, including the Bay Area. The decision by PG&E to usher in the blackouts was a pre-emptive measure to ensure the state’s autumn wind doesn’t spark déjà vu, but the decision left many Californians frustrated.

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