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Nearly 1,500 Customers Without Power in Parts of Bay Area: PG&E

NBC Universal, Inc. Crews in the North Bay have made the transition from watching for wildfires to preparing for mudslides with more rain in the forecast. Cierra Johnson reports.

Nearly 1,500 Bay Area customers were without power early Thursday morning following weather-related and other issues, officials with Pacific Gas & Electric said.

Here's a breakdown of the power outage numbers as of 4 a.m., per PG&E:

  • San Francisco: 0
  • Peninsula: 191
  • North Bay: 301
  • East Bay: 599
  • South Bay: 372
  • Bay Area total: 1,463

A series of storms impacting the region has PG&E on alert.

"Especially after we've had a drought or very dry year, there's been a lot of dirt and salt and dust that's accumulated on the power lines, and when you combine that with water, it becomes mud, which is very conductive to electricity,” said PG&E spokesperson Evelyn Escalera.

PG&E said its crews are dealing with those outages as quickly as possible.

Earlier Wednesday morning, PG&E was responding to a power outage affecting nearly 4,000 customers in Oakland.

The utility's outage map showed a power outage reported at 10:49 a.m. that was affecting an estimated 3,935 customers on both sides of Broadway north of West MacArthur Boulevard.

NBC Bay Area Consumer Investigator Chris Chmura explains how California residents can get alerts for power outages -- whether rotating outages or power shutoffs.

Bay City News contributed to the report.

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