Nearly 4,500 Palo Alto Utilities customers lost their power due to strong winds and downed tree branches on electrical wires on Tuesday, according to the city's Utilities Department.
The outage reported at about 9:10 a.m. initially affected an area roughly bordered by Loma Verde Avenue and Middlefield Road to the north, San Antonio Road at Central Expressway to the east, Foothill Expressway at Arastradero Road to the south and Churchill Avenue at El Camino Real to the west. Several communities were impacted, including the Ventura and Charleston-Meadows neighborhoods.
Crews were able to isolate the main outage area and restored service for all but about 125 customers by noon, Palo Alto Utilities said on Twitter.
Crews continued making repairs for the remaining customers, who were restored by 7 p.m.
The outage came in the middle of a wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the north bay, east bay and San Francisco, in addition to Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, that was in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday. Winds were expected to reach up to 15-25 mph; gusts were estimated to be as strong as 50 mph and climb past 60 mph locally, according to the National Weather Service.
The windy conditions potentially posed a challenge for drivers pulling trailers, according to the National Weather Service.
Reports of downed wires or issues with electrical service can call the utilities dispatch center at 650-496-6914. Anyone who comes across downed trees or limbs may notify the city at cityofpaloalto.org/311. Those experiencing an emergency are advised to call 911.
For power outage safety tips, visit cityofpaloalto.org.