Power shutoffs: Full restoration expected soon

Bay Area

NAPA COUNTY (KRON) — PG&E has restored power to some residences in the Bay Area, but many people Friday morning woke up to another day in the dark.

The power shutoffs were a precaution to increased fire danger this week in the North and East Bays, as well as the Santa Cruz Mountains. It started on Wednesday.

Dry conditions, high heat and winds up to 45 miles per hour had PG&E fearful that a downed power line could spark another fire.

About 41,000 customers lost their power.

“The frustration for a lot of people is we also don’t have any internet,” resident Judith Woodard said. However many residents are relieved they at least have clean air.

PG&E crews are now working to inspect the power lines to see which are okay and which need to be repaired before flipping the switch and fully restore power.

“In some locations, the severe weather subsided enough during the day for PG&E’s Meteorology team to issue an “all clear,” meaning that electric crews could begin patrols of power lines as the first step toward restoration,” PG&E said in a Wednesday night update.

Oakland Fire Department said all Oakland residents have their power back as of 9:46 a.m.

The utility expects to restore power to everyone by Friday night. The area’s Red Flag Warning is set to end at 6 p.m.

Any PG&E customer who lost power can visit one of 40 Community Resource Centers from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. provided by the utility.

The centers have DA-accessible restrooms, hand-washing stations, medical-equipment charging, Wi-Fi, bottled water, grab-and-go bags, and non-perishable snacks.

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