(KRON) — Thousands of customers in the Peninsula and the South Bay are going into day three without power as temperatures drop.
Thursday around 10:20 a.m., PG&E tweeted that it would need to temporarily stop traffic on Highway 101 near the Belle Haven, Menlo Park area to restore power to about 4,000 customers. Due to damaged power lines from fallen trees from the storm, officials said they had to temporarily stop traffic on Highway 101 between Marsh Road and Willow Road.
The city of Redwood City tweeted that PG&E expected most residents to have power restored by 11 p.m. Thursday.
Bay Area Outage Numbers, 11 AM (Thursday, Feb. 23)
|11:00 AM||Affected Customers|
|Bay Area Total||21,843|
Video shows drivers on the road lined with stores and buildings with no lights.
Store employees have to create workarounds for the multi-day power outage.
“Yeah, this is the second full day. So were going on three days. Lights, batteries, generators, all kinds of things, you know,” Gay Robinson, hardware store employee, told KRON4. “We’re escorting everyone through the stores, especially so they can see, because its dark in there.”
Crews are working to restore power but there is no exact time frame of when it will be back. PG&E officials told KRON4 they had about 2,800 employees working on restoring power to the area.
“This morning, our crews are focused on restoring power to customers throughout the Bay Area, but San Mateo County in particular is getting additional support due to widespread damage suffered since Tuesday as a result of the adverse weather,” PG&E officials said.” In many cases, we have outages affecting only one or a few customers and the damage is not isolated. “We have many locations that require extensive repair work due to damage being present along several spots on one circuit.”
PG&E officials said they are also preparing for more inclement weather that may impact power. If you are using a generator, PG&E asks that you us it safely and tells customers to use flashlights rather than candles.
“We urge customers at home to prepare for this new extreme weather event that could cause significant outage activity in some locations today into Saturday,” officials said.