Winds reached 40-50 mph Monday night and Tuesday morning, with stronger gusts in the hills.
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.
The combination of strong winds, low humidity, and dry vegetation makes for extremely dangerous conditions, city officials said.
A change in the weather forecast prompted PG&E to call off an expected power shutoff in the area, according to the county.
Staff says “almost all” of the affected addresses provided by PG&E to the city appear to be outside city limits. But Berkeley Hills residents should still be ready to evacuate with a red flag warning in effect.
Frustrated with the official handling, some people in the disability community organized their own emergency response efforts during recent blackouts.
Most addresses in the city had reportedly gotten their electricity back by Monday evening, authorities reported.
The city of Berkeley has warned affected residents to prepare to be without power until Friday.