PG&E’s new approach to preventing its electrical equipment from sparking fires is by cutting power immediately — within a tenth of a second — when an object is sensed to have struck a line during strong fire conditions in high risk areas.
Some Berkeley residents and students have gone days without internet access since Tuesday’s storm toppled dozens of trees and severed power lines.
It’s been a 30-year wait to bury a mile of wires near Tilden. With an eye to public safety, the city wants to underground more utility lines, but it’s complex and costly, and rules are changing.
Trees blew over across the city, knocking down power lines and falling on at least three homes, amid winds that topped 60 mph in the hills.
The storm ripped trees out of the earth around the city and caused power outages for tens of thousands of customers
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Repairs were completed on the damaged gas line by around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Thousands of customers were without internet Tuesday in Berkeley as Comcast responded to damaged fiber cables from fire at a shared PG&E utility pole in San Pablo.
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Some 17,000 PG&E customers in Berkeley could be affected Tuesday evening by rolling blackouts “if people do not limit electricity usage,” the city says.
Tens of thousands of PG&E customers in Berkeley could lose power Tuesday and Wednesday because of high energy demands statewide, the city says. PG&E said there were ultimately no rolling outages in California on Monday.