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Over 1,600 PG&E customers found themselves without power early Saturday morning, as a storm system moved its way through the Bay Area overnight.
That number was slightly lower by 7:30 a.m., as PG&E confirmed that 1,224 residents were without power. By 12:30 p.m., that number dropped to 878 customers still without electricity. The North Bay had 407 customers still without power; 285 in the East Bay; 172 in the South Bay; along with 12 customers in the Peninsula and two in San Francisco.
“PG&E crews have been handling power outages since the early morning,” said JD Guidi, a spokesman with PG&E. “We’re sending crews out and they’re working as safely and as quickly as possible to make repairs and restore power.”
As PG&E worked through the day to restore power, the utilities company predicted that the East Bay and Peninsula should see power restored by 6 p.m. North Bay customers are expected to see things back to normal by 9 p.m. Guidi did not have a timetable for the South Bay.
The majority of the calls PG&E crews received happened after 2 a.m., according to Guidi, when outage numbers swelled to over 1,600 customers without power, including 700 in the North Bay. But the Bay Area wasn’t impacted as hard by power outages as other regions, such as Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo, Guidi said.
PG&E asked customers to stay away from any downed power lines they encounter, and to report the location to both 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
The storm itself was not as powerful as meteorologists were expecting. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning Friday, expecting wind gusts up to 80 mph. The actuality fell short of that: The highest wind gusts recorded in the Bay Area were 65 mph and 59 mph at Rose Peak and Mount Diablo, respectively.
More rain is expected Saturday, but meteorologists say that the worst of the extreme wind gusts are over.
SFGATE writer Eric Ting contributed to this article.
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