PGE: At Peak, 16,000 Without Power, Including Bridges

The California Highway Patrol is urging for drivers to "be alert on the bridges" since the lights are out, and "drive within the beam of your headlights"

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Most Bay Area bridges came with high wind warnings.

    Heavy winds and fallen trees triggered more than 16,000 PG&E customers without power in the San Francisco Bay Area Friday morning, though by 7:30 a.m., that number had been reduced to about 7,500.

    The latest update broke down like this throughout the Bay Area: San Francisco 400m Peninsula 700, East Bay 15, South Bay 550, North Bay 3,700, Central Coast 1,000 and Sonoma 1,000.
     
    Power outages extend to these bridges as well: Bay Bridge, Richmond San Rafael. San Mateo and Carquinez bridges. Half of the Bay Bridge lights went on about 6:30 a.m.

    A major accident in Pleasanton on Interstate Highway 580 cleared just after 6 a.m. after a big rig flipped and spilled diesel. It had been there since 1:40 a.m. About 7 a.m., westbound state route 84 in Newark had flooding across all lanes. Also, lane two on Interstate Highway 880 in Hayward is flooded.

    The California Highway Patrol is urging for drivers to "be alert on the bridges" since the lights are out, and "drive within the beam of your headlights."

    About 2,800 PG&E customers in the Bay Area were still without power Friday night because of the storm-related outages.

    The affected customers include 1,500 in the North Bay, 400 along  the Peninsula, 800 in the East Bay, 50 in the South Bay and 50 in San  Francisco, PG&E spokesman Fiona Chan said.   

    An additional 1,200 customers are without power in the Santa Cruz  Mountains as well as just over 1,200 others in Santa Cruz and Monterey  counties, Chan said.
     

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