Power outages affecting thousands in the Bay Area

More than 8,000 PG&E customers were without power in the Bay Area on Sunday morning due to weather-related outages, a utility spokesman said.

Stormy weather coming through the Bay Area has knocked down power lines and caused equipment to malfunction, leaving customers in the dark throughout the region.

The majority of the outages are in the South Bay, where about 5,325 customers were without power as of 11 a.m. Most of the affected customers are in the area of either south San Jose or Morgan Hill, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

There were also about 1,565 customers without power along the Peninsula, and 885 in the East Bay, primarily in Union City and Fremont, Guidi said.

There were also about 175 customers without power in the North Bay and 100 in San Francisco, he said.

Because of the widespread outages, and rain and strong winds expected to continue for the next couple of days, “all of our crews are on standby ready to respond to outages as they occur, and will respond at a moment's notice,” Guidi said.

He said PG&E is not giving estimates about when power will be restored to any of the affected customers.

“They're out fighting the conditions, and working as quickly and safely as possible, but it's very hard to set exact times,” he said.

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