Thousands of residents remained without electricity Monday after power outages hit across the Bay Area during record heat on Sunday, PG&E said. On Thursday, the mercury is expected to soar again as is the number of residents in the dark.
PG&E officials said that Thursday is expected to be the worst day of the week for the electric grid, and outages likely will be widespread across the Bay Area.
Nearly 2,400 PG&E customers remained without power Monday, down from 19,529 at the peak Sunday as increased demand for air conditioning overloaded electrical lines, transformers and other equipment, PG&E officials said.
As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, the total number of customers without power was 2,391, PG&E said. The South Bay had the most, with 1,072; the Easy Bay had 771; the North Bay had 469; San Francisco had 77; and the Peninsula had 2.
At one point during Sunday, PG&E reported tens of thousands of customers without power across the region. In San Mateo, about 7,400 customers were in the dark until power was restored about 8 p.m.
Crews were inspecting equipment and making repairs as quickly and safely as possible, PG&E said. PG&E officials said extra crews and resources are being brought in to help restore power to all customers.
PG&E said the number of outages Sunday was the utility's most for heat-related reasons since July 2006.
Bay City News contributed to this report.