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Brief outage, Napa’s second of the day, cuts power to 3,000 PG&E customers

Brief outage, Napa’s second of the day, cuts power to 3,000 PG&E customers

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A power outage early Monday evening in Napa – the city’s second in six hours – cut off service to 3,058 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers, but service was restored to all but a handful of customers in a little more than an hour, the utility reported.

The outage began at 5:43 p.m. after an overhead line fell in the 2200 block of Third Street just east of Highway 29, according to PG&E spokesperson J.D. Guidi. Customers affected included homes and businesses on both sides of Highway 29, extending into Browns Valley in the west and pockets of downtown in the east, PG&E’s online outage map indicated.

Electricity was restored to virtually all affected residents by 7 p.m., except for 13 customers on Third Street, Guidi said.

The outage was the second of the day to affect PG&E customers in Napa.

Earlier, at 11:38 a.m., some 300 customers lost electricity in south Napa along Highway 221, according to utility spokesperson Deanna Contreras. PG&E attributed that outage to a construction crew that severed a buried utility line while boring a conduit for fiber-optic cables at Napa Valley Corporate Drive and Bordeaux Way, within the Napa Valley Commons business park.

Service was restored to most south Napa customers by about 3:15 p.m.

A record-breaking heatwave and drought have been afflicting the Western United States, and wildfires have already broken out in multiple states like California and Arizona. William Lee, the chief economist at the Milken Institute, spoke with Cheddar about the economic ramifications of climate change on the hotter, dryer West, as residents deal with spotty water and power supplies and leave for other parts of the country.

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