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Some Customers Still Without Power Early Tuesday

NBC Universal, Inc. The weather caused a number of power outages around the Bay Area over the past 24 hours. But It wasn’t the wind that shut it down. Ian Cull reports.

A little more than 1,000 Bay Area customers were without power early Tuesday morning following weather-related causes, according to the website of Pacific Gas & Electric.

The total is an improvement on the situation nearly 24 hours ago, when as many as 14,000 customers were without power as of late Monday morning.

The Bay Area got it's first rain of the season over the past 60 hours, coinciding with the power outages.

As of 8:11 a.m. Tuesday, the utility giant's online outage map was showing some of the largest areas without power are San Leandro, 79 customers, and San Mateo, 95 customers. The remaining customers numbered less than 100 in each area of mostly small, rural regions of the Bay Area.

The Lopez family had their power restored after it was out for 24 hours in San Mateo. 

“Everything, my groceries are no good now because my refrigerator [didn’t] work,” said Wendy Lopez.   

This entire strip mall in San Mateo had to close for the day and so did a taqueria in South San Francisco. It had to turn away around 100 people during lunch time. 

“For my wallet and my rent that’s a big problem it’s a big problem for my rent,” said Jose Lopez. 

Showers Sunday night left 35,000 PG&E customers in the Bay Area without power. Thousands were still waiting to have their power restored Monday evening. Marianne Favro reports.

Most of the region experienced scattered rain, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

But parts of Sonoma County got up to one-quarter of an inch and the North Bay mountains experienced one-quarter to a half an inch, meteorologist David King said.

"It was a nice little rain," King said.

“When we have these sorts of issues, it can hit not just one pole, but multiple poles within a short span of time,” said PG&E Spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian. 

It alleviated some wildfire concerns, he said. Three more rainstorms are expected over the next week.

PG&E will have crews on standby throughout the week as we expect more rain to come into the region. 

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