Thousands without power across Bay Area

October 14, 2009 10:15:35 AM PDT
More than 7,000 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers remain without power in the Bay Area this morning after heavy rain and strong winds caused outages throughout the region Tuesday.

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As of 9:30 a.m., 7,300 PG&E customers were without power, including 5,600 in the South Bay, 1,000 on the Peninsula, 600 in the East Bay, and 100 in the North Bay, utility spokesman Joe Molica said.

About 217,000 customers have experienced outages since the storm hit the Bay Area early Tuesday, and PG&E crews had restored power to about 210,000 of them by this morning, Molica said.

The number of customers without power "should go down throughout the day," he said. "Our crews will remain mobilized as long as is necessary."

Molica said many of the outages were caused by trees falling into power lines.

"We have a very robust vegetation management department that trims trees and prepares all year round for winter storms, but yesterday's winds and rain were so severe that they still brought trees down," he said. FULL STORM COVERAGE:

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