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Power outage affects over 3,300 customers in Palo Alto

Original post made on Dec 18, 2019

More than 3,300 Palo Alto Utilities customers are without electricity due to a late-afternoon power outage in Midtown and other neighborhoods.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 5:02 PM

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Posted by GreerDucky_GNGT
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 18, 2019 at 5:39 pm

GreerDucky_GNGT is a registered user.

No power on Greer Road between Colorado & Matadero Creek.


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Posted by Jacob
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Dec 18, 2019 at 6:32 pm

The cause of outage is still unknown according to the Utilities Department. The outage is effecting mainly underground neiborhoods fed by the Hopkins Substation behind Fire Station No. 3.


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Posted by student
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Great timing... during final exams


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Posted by Midtown
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 18, 2019 at 8:16 pm

Back on at Loma Verde and Middlefield - such a relief! My cell phone was at 1% (of course), and I actually pulled out my 30 year old phone and plugged it into the wall jack to make a phone call. It worked. A phone book would have been useful to call the city utilities, but I threw the last ones I found in the driveway into the recycle bin.


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Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 18, 2019 at 8:19 pm

It's extremely suspicious that the outage coincided almost exactly with the impeachment of the so-called president. Someone didn't want Palo Alto watching the impeachment.. or it's just a coincidence?


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Posted by Jacob
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Dec 18, 2019 at 9:36 pm

All power is back on! The fault was a tree branch that had fallen on lines between Channing House and the Middlefield and Homer intersection. A special thanks to Jonathan, David, AJ, and Rick. All worked overtime to restore our power!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 18, 2019 at 9:54 pm

Was it really raining and windy at 4.30 when power went out?

Squirrels, geese, seagulls, mylar balloons, branches put power out in Palo Alto. And then they tell us to use electricity rather than gas for cooking and heating. Hmmm, at least with gas people could cook dinner.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 18, 2019 at 11:38 pm

Call me clueless -- how long will water run during an electrical power outage? Seems fine in my single story home, but what about a sixth floor apartment? How many flushes do you get?

And how quickly do you need to retrieve your car from that "puzzle-lift" parking down in the basement before everyone else runs the battery down?


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Posted by Michael Moore
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm

The City needs to audit/inspect every foot of power lines in trees. How hard is that?


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 19, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Yes, please, can homeowners AND the City please fully cut back tree trunks, dry branches, heavy foliage abutting power lines, cable lines, phone poles, landlines that run behind some of our homes...these create risks and potential outages. I have a neighbor behind our house who has all this old legacy junk heavy, dry trunks and foliage and seems it could indeed start a fire on the power lines behind us. Plus squirrels chew through these lines: once on cable and once on AT&T.


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