Power Shutoffs: Parts of Bay Area get ‘all clear’ from PG&E

PG&E Power Shutoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Hundreds of thousands of people in the Bay Area woke up Thursday morning with no power.

A total of 738,000 PG&E customers were affected by the widespread outages.

As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the company said more than half of impacted customers had their power restored.

A total of 426,000 customers now have their power back on, including full restoration in Humboldt, Siskiyou and Trinity counties.

More than 300,000 still remain in the dark Thursday night.

Most Bay Area counties have been given the ‘all clear’ by PG&E which means they can begin the power restoration process.

As of 9 p.m., PG&E gave the following restoration numbers in Bay Area counties:

CountyPercentage of Customers Restored
Alameda78 percent
Contra Costa85 percent
Marin80 percent
Napa59 percent
San Mateo84 percent
Santa Clara88 percent
Santa Cruz64 percent
Solano94 percent
Sonoma46 percent

PG&E says the restoration process could take days because power lines must be inspected and declared safe after the winds subside.

The following is a statement from PG&E about which counties have been given the ‘all clear’:

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, improving weather conditions in some parts of the areas affected PSPS have allowed for an “all clear” to be issued for safety inspections, repair and restoration efforts to begin in the following areas: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and in portions of El Dorado, Placer, San Mateo, Santa Cruz..

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the following additional counties were added to the “all clear” list for inspection, repair and restoration to begin: Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Placer, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and in portions of Yuba.

As of 6 p.m., power was restored in San Ramon, according to the city. Some areas near Bollinger Canyon Road north of Crow Canyon Road and Morgan Territory Road south of the regional preserve park boundary are still being affected by outages.

In Alameda County, 2,939 customers were without power as of 8:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

Less than 30 customers in Berkeley were without power as of 10 p.m., according to the PG&E outage map.

As of 9 p.m., about 5,000 customers in Contra Costa County were without power.

The county said all residents should have power by 6 p.m. Friday.

In terms of the impact of shutoffs on schools, UC Berkeley is remaining closed Friday.

It’s unclear whether the campus’ power is out.

Schools in the Oakland Unified School District are back in session on Friday, the district said late Thursday.

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