Power Outage in San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco Power Outages Caused by Weather


January 19, 2021 - Strong Wind

Little Hollywood neighborhood lost power for about 30 minutes. Trees down across lanes of traffic.

February 9, 2020 - Strong Wind

Strong winds and rough seas caused cancellation of Alcatraz Cruises and all Golden Gate Transit ferry services https://abc7news.com/weather/epic-winds-cause-fallen-trees-power-lines-in-bay-area-/5915604/.

December 7, 2019 - Strong Wind

SFFD has been responding to downed trees and power lines. Over 20 power outages spread across San Francisco. Largest outage in Lower Haight. Also reporting localized flooding in multiple locations throughout the city.

June 10, 2019 - Excessive Heat

The heat wave across the region triggered power outages knocking out service to 26,400 people across 9 counties on Monday followed by an additional 30,400 on Tuesday https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/06/11/pge-transformers-in-bay-area-cant-always-cope-with-heat-waves/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_content=tw-EastBayTimes.

January 17, 2019 - Coastal Flood

The storm system produced high waves that coincided with Thursday morning high tides causing flooding on the Embarcadero where one lane was shut down https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/01/17/atmospheric-river-bay-area-storm-aftermath-deaths-flooding-power-outages/.



March 21, 2023

A rapidly intensifying cyclone brought high winds to the region. A High Wind Warning was issued for the San Mateo Peninsula Coast, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the Central Coast. In addition, a couple of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued in light of the expected extreme winds for the Monterey and Santa Cruz areas. Over 110,000 customers lost power throughout the Bay Area and Santa Cruz County as a result of the cyclone.

March 14, 2023

An atmospheric river brought widespread high winds and rain, leading to significant damage, power outages, and injuries. High Wind Warnings were issued for the entire region, and over 180,000 customers lost electricity during the event. Impacts were compounded by an earlier system that resulted in widespread damage, some areas of the Monterey Peninsula lost power again after having lost power for days from the previous system.

April 11, 2022

Strong northwest winds developed around the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast on the afternoon of April 11 after a cold front passed through the region earlier in the day. A wind advisory was issued for the entire CWA Sunday evening through 9 P.M. The region experienced widespread wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph, with localized gusts over 60 mph along the coast. The winds downed trees and powerlines across the area, leading to road closures, traffic snarls, and damage to houses and cars. Winds began to settle down later in the evening.

January 19, 2021

A rare winter time offshore wind event affected the Greater Bay Area in mid to late January. It was unusual given the long duration and wide areal coverage as well as the time of year. An upper level disturbance passed over the region the 17th-18th leading to a tightening offshore pressure gradient before a second and stronger disturbance the 18th-19th tightened it further. This lead to two bursts of strong offshore winds. Higher elevations across the region reported gusts between 60 and 80 mph with two sites reaching 90. Lower elevations also were notably in excess of 40 mph. These winds resulted in tree damage, downed trees, and downed powerlines causing power outages. This all led to a rare January Red Flag Warning for Monterey and San Benito counties where fuels remained dry from lack of rainfall. Roughly a dozen small fires broke out in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with two becoming relatively large for January. Full storm summary https://www.weather.gov/mtr/Wind_1_17-19_2021.

February 9, 2020

An offshore wind event impacted the region from February 8th through the 9th when an upper trough moved through the Great Basin. Widespread wind gusts of 45 to 60 mph were observed with gusts of 87 mph recorded on Mt St. Helena. Trees and power lines were knocked down causing scattered power outages and property damage. Around 80,000 customers were without power across the Bay Area according to PG&E.


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Nov 8, 2022

PG&E Braces For Potential Storms Across NorCal | San Francisco, CA Patch

PG&E Braces For Potential Storms Across NorCal - San Francisco, CA - The electrical company expects the region to endure storms passing by intermittently starting Saturday until at least next Wednesday.

Nov 7, 2022

Comcast Experiencing Outage in Bay Area – NBC Bay Area

Bay Area Comcast customers reported Sunday night that they were experiencing an outage with their cable service.

Nov 6, 2022

Refinery outages contributed to California’s gas price spike. So why do we know so little about them?

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Nov 6, 2022

Lights back on after large power outage in SF's Polk Gulch

PG&E restored power to more than 5,000 customers in San Francisco after an outage on Wednesday afternoon.

Oct 26, 2022

PG&E scales back N. California power shut-offs, including in Napa and Sonoma counties

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Oct 23, 2022

Power outage hits San Francisco's Western Addition

Residents in a large swath of the Western Addition neighborhood were in the dark on Tuesday night due to a power outage. 

Oct 19, 2022

Power outage reported on SF’s westside again | KRON4 Open Navigation Close Navigation

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – For the second time in as many days there was a major power outage reported on San Francisco’s westside. Over 7,000 customers lost power total. 5,828 were near San Francisco State University, and in Ingleside, Lakeside, Westwood Park and Westwood Highlands. The cause was an equipment issue. There were outages near […]

Oct 19, 2022

Oakland power outage impacts over 3,000 customers | KRON4 Open Navigation Close Navigation

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — A power outage in Oakland is impacting nearly 3,500 customers, according to a tweet shared by the Oakland Fire Department. OFD says Pacific Gas & Electric Company notified the department of a power outage in the areas of Adams Point and Lake Merritt. Crews are currently on the scene assessing the […]

Oct 10, 2022

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Power Outage FAQs

What is Power Outage?

Power outage (also called a power cut, a power blackout, power failure or a blackout) is a short-term or a long-term loss of the electric power to a particular area.

What Causes Power Outages?

  • Severe weather (high winds, lightning, winter storms, heat waves, rain or flooding can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
  • Other damage to electric transmission lines (vehicle accidents, trees, and animals can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
  • Repairing, maintenance or upgrades on power lines and equipment.

What are the Top Outage Safety Tips?

  • Stay away from the downed power lines, park vehicles in protected areas;
  • Unplug appliances and electronics, limit cell phone use to conserve battery life;
  • Use portable generators outdoors only, well away from open windows and doors;
  • Pack perishable foods into a cooler, keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut as much as possible.

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San Francisco, California

City San Francisco
County San Francisco
State California (CA)
Country United States
Zip Codes 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94112

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