Peninsula hit hardest by outages

January 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Peninsula residents were the hardest hit by power outages resulting from the powerful Bay Area storm.

Wind gusts toppling trees that snagged and tangled power and telephone lines, were a typical sight along the Peninsula Friday.

PG&E crews had no choice but snip the electric service so the fallen trees could be cleared.

Peninsula residents started losing power as early as 6:30 a.m. and many reported their lights flickered, giving them a sense of what was to happen next.

The Home Depot at Westlake Shopping Center in Daly City was able to stay open, thanks to a generator. In turn, it became a magnet for homeowners in need of tarps and generators as their homes lost power or began to flood.

High winds caused a large tree to fall in San Mateo at 9th and Delaware, crushing a parked car and severing additional power lines.

A few miles away, a tree fell into a house on Forge Drive in the San Mateo Highlands, again creating a power outage.

Since outages are scattered far and wide, PG&E crews are asking residents to be patient as they work to restore power.

The city of Half Moon Bay is setting up an emergency shelter for those residents whose power may not be restored for some time.

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