TRI-CITY, CA – Hundreds of residents are waking up to cold, dark homes in the Tri-City, as PG&E struggles to restore power knocked out by high winds on Sunday. Most of the current outages are for a handful of customers, between one and 12, although there is an outage that affects 317 in Union City.
PG&E crews worked through the night repairing damage caused by high winds on Sunday. At one point on Sunday, 65,000 customers lost power. By 10 p.m., workers had managed to get the number down to 28,000, with the East Bay hit the hardest. There were still 20,000 in the East Bay, 4,500 in the South Bay, 2,600 on the Peninsula and 600 in the North Bay, according to PG&E.
PG&E activated its local emergency centers to facilitate local response to outages.
Wind gusts hit 90 mph in the higher elevations, knocking down trees and power lines, blowing out windows, and prompting the cancellation of ferry runs and creating dangerous driving conditions over the Bay Area’s bridges.
The wind caused a ground stop at San Francisco International Airport for a time, delaying more than 300 flights.
The danger presented by high winds prompted the East Bay Regional Park District to close until at least 8 a.m. Monday. Roberts Park, Sibley Park, Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve and Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, all in Oakland, Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve in Berkeley and Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley were closed by 6 p.m. Sunday; the parks’ normal curfew is 10 p.m.