Strong Winds Leave 26,000 Without Power

PG&E works to restore power in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011  |  Updated 2:35 PM PDT
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Strong winds knocked down a tree overnight in Southern California. In the Bay Area more than 26,000 PG&E customers lost power, mostly because of the wind.

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Gusty winds in the Bay Area overnight have left tens of thousands without power, according to a PG&E spokesman.

In the Santa Cruz Mountains area about 26,000 customers were without power as of 1:30 a.m., spokesman JD Guidi said.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday morning PG&E released new information about the number of people without power in the Bay Area.

About 22,670 people were without power in Santa Cruz County, 4,990 people in the North Bay, 570 people in the East Bay, 310 on the Peninsula, 35,60 people in the South Bay and there were no reported outages in San Francisco.

A majority of the outages are wind related, according to Guidi. Extra crews are out to restore power, but with the high number of outages not all restoration times are available.
The utility advised customers without power overnight to request a wake-up call.

Customers may call 800-743-5002 for a morning call or to report and get information about an outage.


By 2 p.m. the numbers were updated to:

North Bay: 700
East Bay: 300
San Francisco: 5
Peninsula: 350
South Bay: 1,400
Bay Area Total: 2,755
Santa Cruz County: 24,850
Bay Area Total: 6,410
Santa Cruz County Total: 23,540

Bay City News contributed to this story.

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