PHOTO: San Francisco loses power early Friday morning. (Photo via Flickr/worldaroundtrip)
San Francisco locals and tourists are dealing with an extensive power outage that began at about nine in the morning, local time.
SFGate.com reports that as of 11:15 a.m. PT, PG&E was confident it could restore power to “most customers” by one in the afternoon.
The outage seems to be extensive, reportedly affecting some 95,000 customers over a wide swath of the city. It has shut down crucial portions of public transportation, such as BART’s Montgomery Station and the famed cable cars that run throughout popular portions of town. MUNI was reportedly unaffected.
There is, as of this writing, no word on the cause of the outage. The report does take care to note a fire took place this morning at a Larkin and Eddy substation—although it makes clear that there is no official word that this was the source of the massive outage.
Adweek’s Marty Swant tweeted out an image from a local café that featured a sign that does give some semblance of a timetable: “PG&E estimate late afternoon fix.”
A map from Lakeside News illustrates active outages as of 11:38 a.m. local time:
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While an inconvenience for many, a power outage represents a truly scary situation for some around the city. SF Gate reports the San Francisco Fire Department fielded over 100 emergency calls during the outage.
PG&E spokesman Paul Doherty states, “The safety of our customers is our top concern, so we’re working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power.”
Thankfully, as of this writing, there were no injuries reported throughout the area.