More than 900 people on the eastern side of Berkeley into the Oakland hills are without power Wednesday night, according to PG&E’s outage map.
An outage affecting an estimated 673 customers began at 8:37 p.m. Power is expected to be back by 11 p.m.
Berkeleyside readers on Twitter reported the outage at 8:41 p.m. Other local residents were also sharing news.
Just saw massive green light and sound of something going “zzzzitt!” off in the distance, like a transformer shorted out. #berkeley #outage
— David Jonas (@DavidTSJonas) February 27, 2014
PG&E is reportedly on scene in the area assessing the situation.
Other local residents reported losing power, but said they got it back within 10 minutes.
Power out in south Berkeley near Alta Bates for about five minutes, back on now. @berkeleyside
— Berkeleyan (@bswp) February 27, 2014
@berkeleyside power back on 2900 block Florence near Ashby/Telegraph after 5 minutes of outage
— Rana Cho (@ranacho) February 27, 2014
A separate outage in an overlapping area began just before 9 p.m. and is reportedly affecting 278 PG&E customers. It is expected to be fixed by midnight, according to PG&E.
Update, 10:06 p.m. PG&E reported that power had been restored to several hundred customers. But five outages were still cutting power to 654 customers, according to the latest PG&E update, marked 9:56 p.m.
Update, 10:20 p.m. Nearly 300 people were still without power, according to PG&E, with service expected to be restored by midnight. PG&E reported two outages in Berkeley. This information was current as of 9:54 p.m., and was the most up-to-date information available online.
10:35 p.m. Full power has been restored to Berkeley customers, according to PG&E.
Feb. 27, 12:10 a.m. PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said the power outage was “caused by a tree limb in our lines. All customers were restored by approximately 10 p.m.”
See the outage map for the most current information. Those who are interested can also sign up on that page to receive alerts by text or email for updates about the outage.
This story was updated after publication to reflect new information. See past power outage coverage on Berkeleyside.
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