More than 165,000 PG&E customers lose power

March 27, 2011 6:22:45 PM PDT
More than 50,000 PG&E customers were without power this afternoon in Marin, Sonoma and Monterey counties, a utility spokesman said.

At about 1:30 p.m., an outage was reported in PG&E's power transmission system, interrupting service to about 165,000 customers throughout the North Bay counties and in cities on the Central Coast, including Carmel, Marina and Monterey, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

Utility crews had not determined the cause of the outage, Guidi said.

Power was being systematically restored throughout the outage area, Guidi said.

As of 3:30 p.m., more than two-thirds of the affected customers had their utility service restored.