An early morning power blackout struck thousands of Palo Alto residents on Saturday and lasted several hours, a Palo Alto Utilities representative said.
The outage, which occurred at 1:41 a.m., began after a circuit on the Maybell Substation was tripped off and power shut down, Todd Gracyk of Palo Alto Utilities said.
The outage affected 4,861 customers in the south part of the city, in a wide swath including those in neighborhoods around Charleston Road, Alma Street and west Esther Clark Park, he said. Workers traced the outage to the failure of an underground cable near the VMWare campus near Arastradero Road and Foothill Expressway.
Crews restored power to the majority of customers using alternative sources between 4 and 5 a.m. with all customers receiving power by 7:13 a.m., he said.
CORRECTION: This story previously said that the outage began at 1:41 p.m. The correct time was 1:41 a.m.