High winds trigger power outages in Napa, Bay Area

High winds trigger power outages in Napa, Bay Area

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Strong, gusty winds continued to wreak havoc on the Bay Area power grid and other services Sunday, with large electrical outages in the Napa Valley and elsewhere in the region.

A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. outage in Napa affected more than 2,700 customers and another 1,100 in St. Helena. In all, 6,311 customers in PG&E's North Bay region, which includes Napa County, lost power at the height of Sunday's outages, with 1,008 still without service as of 6:50 p.m., according to spokesperson Karly Hernandez.

The National Weather Service expected strong winds to continue in Napa through the night and into Monday at 7 a.m., with north winds of 11 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 31 mph from the north. At Napa County Airport, the weather service measured a top wind speed on Sunday of 33 mph from the north-northeast, and gusts of 43 mph, at 11:54 a.m.

Wind-triggered disruptions in the city of Napa included a fallen power line that closed traffic in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue, as well as a blacked-out traffic signal at Silverado Trail and First Street and various reports of fallen trees, according to Napa Police Cpl. Tommy Keener.

Toppled trees also blocked Dry Creek Road and Trinity Road in rural Napa County west of Yountville, near the Sonoma County border, according to the California Highway Patrol's online incident log.

Elsewhere on Sunday, the Santa Rosa Fire Department said at 9 a.m. that more than 6,600 customers were without power and that any trees that had come down onto power lines should be reported by calling 911. An outage in the Fairfield/Suisun City area of Solano County darkened more than 5,000 customers, while power was out to more than 2,300 in Vacaville, officials said.

In Alameda County, Livermore had more than 5,000 customers without power and Hayward than 4,000. Power was also out to some 500 customers in Milpitas, officials said.

Ferry service to Pier 41 in San Francisco from Alameda, Oakland and Vallejo was suspended due to the strong winds. Service to the San Francisco Ferry Building  continued as scheduled.

With reports from Bay City News Service and Napa Valley Register reporter Howard Yune.

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