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Power outage affects Nob Hill, Chinatown

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Residents in Chinatown and Nob Hill might have missed their alarm clocks this morning because underground equipment failure caused a power outage in the area.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported that 1,133 customers lost power around 6:45 a.m.

About 1,100 were restored an hour later and the rest would probably be restored by 12:30 p.m., PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.

A week ago, underground PG&E cables failed in the South of Market neighborhood, knocking out power to about 1,300 customers including one of its biggest – the Bay Bridge – during the dark, morning commute.

It was the second time that had happened in a month, though different underground wires had failed in each case, according to PG&E.

The lights on the bridge would have merely flickered had a substation on the Oakland side been active. But since the California Department of Transportation is moving what’s been referred to as the second light switch to accommodate the new span, it was not working.

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