Powerful winds down trees, knock out power

Strong winds caused problems as fallen trees slowed drivers and thousands of PG&E customers lost power.
December 1, 2011 12:20:45 AM PST
Strong winds caused problems in the Bay Area Wednesday night as fallen trees slowed drivers and thousands of PG&E customers lost power.

PG&E spokesperson Joe Molica said PG&E anticipated the weather-related outages and had increased the amount of workers on duty and staggered their shifts in order to respond to the outages.

"For us, this is an all-hands-on-deck situation," he said.

The California Highway Patrol issued high-wind advisories for the Bay Area bridges and is asking drivers to use caution tonight.

CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano advised drivers to allow for extra time to get to their destinations and leave additional space between vehicles.

Cal Fire officials said they have increased staffing and fire equipment throughout the state because strong winds significantly increase the wildfire threat.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Bay Area through 6 p.m. Thursday.

ABC7 News contributed to this report.


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