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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