Wide area of San Francisco hit by power outage

Owen Stevens
April 22, 2017

BART's Montgomery Station was closed due to the outage, and trains were running through the station without stopping.

Some cafes or shops continued to serve customers, with people using cash or mobile payment services such as Square that let credit or debit cards be processed through smartphones or tablets.

They also acknowledged people's fears about a number of simultaneous power outages that were reported in other cities - including Los Angeles and New York City - but believe that the one in San Francisco was triggered by "equipment failure".

SFGate seized on the gaffe, and the outage map page now says across the top, "We are currently experiencing intermitent delays in updating the outage map".

No injuries were reported as a result of the power outage.

Meanwhile, various media outlets are reporting that some 90,0000 customers were without power this morning, but that most service is now restored.

Anderson said the substation that failed was set to be part of $100 million upgrade of the power system.

He was not the first official source trying to narrow down the cause of the outage, as similar events reportedly took place in other US cities on Friday.

Twenty-one San Francisco schools lost power, but remained open nonetheless, according to a Department of Emergency spokesman.

A call seeking comment from Pacific Gas & Electric was not immediately returned.

As of 4 p.m., PG&E says power has been restored to all but 3,000 people in San Francisco.

Zamora said the activation of the center allowed for city departments to coordinate the response together by tracking schools, public transit, hospitals and public safety facilities. Elective surgeries were canceled and emergency patients were directed to other hospitals, Fryer said.

TV affiliate KPIX reported a downtown BART station closed during rush hour; people were stranded in elevators; operating rooms were shut down; and the city's famed cable cars were halted.

BART was also affected by the power outage.

#CPUC now on scene of the fire at the PG&E substation. immediate area of Larkin & Eddy Street has power.

Other reports by VgToday

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