An electrical power outage knocked out much of downtown Berkeley from about 11:15 a.m. this morning. Berkeleyside has contacted PG&E for more information.
Readers and tweeters report that the outage affected an area from Center Street to Shattuck and from Kittredge to at least Center. Berkeleyside is also getting reports of widespread outages in north Berkeley. BART has notified riders that its trains are not stopping at either North Berkeley or Downtown Berkeley stations because of the outage.
No major difficulties have yet been reported. But Aaron Loeb tweeted that the evacuation the the Downtown Y was “pandemonium”. And Ariel Herschcopf tweeted that the outage meant she couldn’t get out of a parking garage.
Some people retain a sense of humor: Suzanne Yada at the Center for Investigative Reporting on Center Street tweeted that she might raid the neighboring Ben & Jerry’s ice cream store before the stock all melted.
Update 11:46 a.m. PG&E outage map reports seven outages in Berkeley affecting more than 5,000 customers (its scale doesn’t go higher than 5,000+). There is no estimated time of restoration yet.
Update 11:59 a.m. A PG&E spokesperson said that the outage affects 27,000 customers in Berkeley. The cause of the outage is not yet know.
Update 2 p.m. Most of Betkeley seems to be restored. PG&E report “under 3,000” customers remain affected, but that number has not been updated in 30 minutes.
Update 4 p.m. By 4 p.m. both Berkeley BART stations were reported to be open again.