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Outage affects nearly 300 Utilities customers

Strong winds push tree into wires, sparking outage

Around 260 customers are without electricity due to a power outage in Palo Alto this afternoon, according to the city's Utilities Department.

The outage is in an area that includes Loma Verde Avenue, Louis Road, Kenneth Drive, Greer Road and Colorado Avenue within the 94303 zip code, the department said in a tweet at 12:56 p.m.

Today's strong winds led a tree to fall, hitting primary wires, according to the department.

Utilities crews responded to the outage and restored power to all customers by about 5:45 p.m.

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16 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

This is why we need good cell phone service in Palo Alto. To all you NIMBYs who are fighting against new cell phone transmitters for health reasons, the best thing you can do is not sleep with your phone. Also, turn it off when you are driving. Cell phone towers are a tremendous public service during situations like power failures.


8 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

It is windy in Silicon Valley and the power goes out!

Why are we not undergrounding our power lines?


5 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Triple El
on Dec 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

When we moved into our Eichler in 2005, we were told that the power lines in our backyard were going underground in a few years. Still waiting but not holding our breaths.


1 person likes this
Posted by Juan
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

This is why residents need to fight against big telecom monopolies building cell towers all over town. They are much taller than power poles, imagine the chaos if one of those fell down in this wind storm!


4 people like this
Posted by Give me landline
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm

"Cell phone towers are a tremendous public service during situations like power failures."

Cell towers function during power outages until their batteries give out. Landline phones have much larger energy resources so they keep going.


4 people like this
Posted by bike commuter
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 16, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Because the Silicon Valley is making the technology of 2050s with the infrastructure of 1950s. Scalability of 140 characters data pipeline will not change the world.


4 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 17, 2017 at 10:00 am

Landlines only work during power outages if they are the old types of phone with a cord!


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