Power outage hits downtown Palo Alto

Outage affecting approximately Forest Avenue north to Lytton Avenue

A power outage is affecting approximately 1,300 customers in downtown Palo Alto this evening, according to Linda Clerkson, communications manager for the City of Palo Alto.

The outage is affecting the area from approximately Lytton Avenue to Forest Avenue and Emerson and High streets, Clerkson said. The area is mostly undergrounded utilities, Clerkson said.

Crews are working to discover the cause of the outage and the estimation for when power will be restored is unknown until the cause is determined, Clerkson said. According to the City of Palo Alto Utilities hotline, the outage is expected to last four hours (as of 5:15 p.m.).

Staff members of Gordon-Biersch Restaurant Brewery on Emerson Street we're preparing to close the restaurant for the evening when the power suddenly returned at about 6:15 p.m. Other businesses were reporting that power was returning in "small pockets" around downtown Palo Alto at about 6:20 p.m.

More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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Posted by iphonegrrrl
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Working from home today at Lytton @ Waverly. On my side of street, no power loss, but it seems like all around me's dark. I felt/heard a jolt - like a 2 second earthquake or loud truck - just after 4:30pm. People seem to be calmly relaxing outside, no big deal.

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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Sep 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

stephen levy is a registered user.

Yes, power is out in our office on the south side of Hamilton near High but is on in our home downtown.

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Posted by Izzy
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Power is back on.

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Posted by Evan
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Man, Alma was a mess without power for the lights! It was backed up, bumper-to-bumper, for about 2 blocks south of Hamilton. Worst of all, some people don't understand that street lights without power should be treated like stop signs, so every 4th or 5th car would just zoom through the intersection, pedestrians be damned.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

This is all too common--a third world experience in Palo Alto
We pay the utility workers a lot of money and they show up as incompetent-- over and over again-- what will be their excuse be this time-- heat wave? nonsense-- it was the coolest day for a long long time.
We need to fire the management of this incompetent agency ASAP and get some people who can do the job.

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Posted by Roger Overnaut
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 7, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Beg to differ, Sharon. Palo Alto's record is light years better than PG&E's. A friend living in a nearby town reports power outages occur monthly there, sometimes more often.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 9, 2010 at 6:14 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I believe Palo Alto has acknowledged the problems with underground transformers - personally I would not go into an underground vault with energized equipment.

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