Darkness settles over the powerless

Pacific Gas & Electric continued to have problems providing electricity to locals Wednesday as 3,800 homes and businesses between San Francisco and Daly City went without power briefly and more than 100 more in San Mateo County were in the dark for longer.

PG&E has yet to determine whether any of the recent outages were related to Friday’s tempest, which laid waste to the Bay Area and knocked down a multitude of trees onto power lines.

Company officials have cited “equipment failure” as well as Tuesday’s mild storm for the most recent loss of power in San Mateo County on Wednesday afternoon, spokesman Brian Swanson said.

At 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, 3,800 customers in the area west of Mission Street in San Francisco to John Muir Drive in Daly City lost power, but it was restored to all but two customers by around 2 a.m., Swanson said. The last two had power back at 1 p.m., he said.

About 110 homes and businesses on the Peninsula and 142 in San Francisco lost power for extended periods beginning Wednesday afternoon, Swanson said.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, 18 other homes and businesses in Daly City near Junipero Serra Boulevard and Chester Street were still without power at 1 p.m., PG&E said.

Another outage left 23 Daly City customers in the dark from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., while 20 homes and business were without power in San Bruno near College Drive and Ross Way after their lights went out at 2 p.m. PG&E expected to fix the Daly City and San Bruno outages by 6 p.m. Wednesday, Swanson said.

A power outage that affected 15 homes and businesses was also reported at 12:50 p.m. in San Mateo and was fixed by 3:50 p.m.

PG&E will automatically mail checks ranging from $25 to $100 to those with outages of 48 hours or more and had “crews and resources working around the clock to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible,” Swanson said.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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