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Rain Showers Set off Energy Outages Throughout The Bay Space – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Thousands of residents of the San Francisco Bay Area were without power by dozens of times on Sunday evening after rain showers triggered by a cold front sweeping the area combined with layers of dust accumulated over several months of the drought Short circuit power transformers and electrical lines.

Pacific Gas & Electric reported outages that stretched from the Dublin-Pleasanton area in the East Bay to much of the neighborhoods between Colma and South San Francisco on the peninsula.

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“Several neighborhoods in South San Francisco are experiencing power outages, including intersections controlled by traffic lights,” San Mateo County officials said in an email alert. “Please stop at these intersections as you would with controlled four-way stop signs. PG&E and the fire brigade are working to fix the problems. “

The PG&E website estimated that power would be out for more than 5,000 customers in the Dublin-Pleasanton area at least until about 10:15 p.m.

Hundreds of homes in Vallejo were also without power, as well as in the Richmond-San Pablo area.

“PG&E has multiple locations in @CityofVallejo, but there is no estimate of when all failures will be resolved,” tweeted the Vallejo Fire Department. “The areas affected by the failure have increased as more line failures continue to occur.”

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Meanwhile, the Alameda County Fire Department tweeted, “For the past hour, your ACFD firefighters have been busy responding to electric boom fires due to the rain. If you see cable vaults, retire to a safe place and call 9-1-1. “

Several minor outages have also been reported in downtown Burlingame, Pleasanton Hill, San Jose, Daly City, San Francisco, and Oakland.

PG&E said crews have been deployed across the region to work on restoring electricity. There were no ETAs as to when power would be restored.

The culprit on Sunday evening was the first of several cold fronts to set up in the Pacific and is expected to sweep through the parched Bay Area this week.

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“The showers are currently stretching from Monterey Bay to the Napa Mountains,” said the National Weather Service on Sunday night. “These showers have brought from a few hundredths of an inch of rain on parts of our coasts and bays to nearly a quarter of an inch of rain on some of the highest peaks along the North Bay coastline.”

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