Power out for thousands of PG&E customers in Berkeley

Power out on one side of Shattuck Avenue, between University and Addison on Friday evening. About 3,400 customers in Berkeley initially lost power in the outage. Photo: David Yee

Update, 11:45 a.m., Saturday Because of the power outage, downtown Berkeley’s arts district was effectively shut down on Friday night. Shows at the Freight & Salvage, Aurora Theatre and Berkeley Rep went dark on one of the busiest nights of the week. For ticket holders who were at the Rep’s Roda Theatre to see Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, the cancellation was a particularly difficult blow. The Rep announced earlier this week that Ain’t Too Proud had broken their all-time box office record, with sales of over $3.1 million. The run has been extended to November 5, but all the performances are sold out.

Update, 7:16 p.m. JD Guidi, a PG&E spokesman, said there’s no estimate as to when power might be restored to the 1,424 PG&E customers in Berkeley without electricity. He said the cause of the outage is not yet known, but that crews are working to figure it out and fix the problem.

When power first went out, Guidi said, nearly 3,500 customers were impacted. The vast majority were in Berkeley, though 12 were in Oakland and one was in Crockett. As of about 7:15 p.m. only Berkeley customers were still affected.

Update, 6:50 p.m. The PG&E outage map says eight outages are now affecting nearly 1,500 Berkeley customers.


The PG&E outage map as of about 6:45 p.m. (It has since been updated.) Image: PG&E

Original story, 6:46 p.m. PG&E is reporting that power is out for nearly 3,400 customers in Berkeley, according to its unofficial outage map.

The outage started shortly before 6:30 and is expected to last until 9:30 p.m.

The cause is unknown and crews are on their way to investigate, according to the outage map.

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Stay tuned for updates.