San Francisco

Crews Work Restore Power to Thousands in San Francisco

Crews restored electricity for roughly 20,000 PG&E customers who lost power Thursday evening in San Francisco's SOMA district, according to a utility spokesman.

The outage started at 5:49 p.m. and had ended by 7:18 p.m. 

Restaurant managers that were in the affected area reported sending staffers home, as did store clerks, only to have power return shortly thereafter. 

Traffic in the city -- which usually hits a few snags and snarls on busy streets when power is working -- slowed to a snail's pace as cars navigated through broken traffic lights, according to onlookers.  

The cause of the outage is being investigated. 

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