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80,000 in N. California Without Power After Storm

| March 20, 2011
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Storm off Northern California Coast, March 19, 2011

NOAA water vapor image of the Saturday night/Sunday morning storm off California coast. Click for larger image.

PG&E says about 80,000 customers are without power from the Oregon border to Central California in the wake of a powerful Pacific storm Saturday night and Sunday morning. (Check the company’s Electrical System Outage Map.)

At 1 p.m. Sunday, That total includes about 11,000 customers in Sonoma County (Santa Rosa Press-Democrat: Thousands without power due to storm). Another 12,000 or so customers (homes and businesses) were affected in the rest of the Bay Area and Santa Cruz County. PG&E representative J.D. Guidi said the Bay Area’s biggest concentrated outages were in Angwin, in the hills east of the Napa Valley, where 2,500 customers have no lights; in south Mill Valley (610 customers in the dark); and Antioch and Los Gatos (each with 500).

The outages were caused by a powerful storm that brought high winds and heavy rain to the region Saturday night. Gusts of more than 60 mph were recorded from the Bay and into the Sacramento Valley. Several locations in the Santa Cruz Mountains recorded 2.5 to 3 inches of rain.

Guidi said crews had been called in from Southern California, Oregon, and Washington to help restore power, though he had no estimate of how many crews were working Sunday. He said that some hard-hit areas in the central and northern Sierra could be without power for 72 hours.

Here’s a partial rundown of PG&E power outages as of 1 p.m. PDT:

Bay region:

  • San Francisco 60
  • Peninsula … 1,740
  • North Bay … 7,500
  • South Bay … 910
  • East Bay … 1,000
  • Santa Cruz County … 2,080


PGE Northern California divisions

Yosemite … 9,200
Stockton … 8,500
Sierra … 8,400
Sacramento … 6,400
North Sacramento Valley … 12,000
Lake/Mendocino 7,500
North Coast … 7,500

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Dan Brekke has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at dbrekke@kqed.org.

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