Power Outage Hits Large Parts Of San Francisco

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September 20, 2019 - 10:05 am
A power outage allegedly caused by construction workers knocked out electricity to 22,000 customers and was centered at this PG&E substation in Potrero Hill on Sept. 20, 2019.

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Electric power was lost across large areas of San Francisco, stretching from Dogpatch and Mission Bay west to Noe Valley and Twin Peaks on Friday morning. 

PG&E said that 22,000 customers had lost power in the city.

Workers on a construction project at Pier 17 struck an underground power line, PG&E said.

The outage itself, however, is centered at a substation in Potrero Hill. 

Lights began shining again shortly before 10 a.m. in some parts of the city. PG&E had said they planned to have power restored by 10:30 a.m.

The outage created confusing traffic conditions as drives approached intersections with no traffic signals. During an outage, such intersections should be treated as a 4-way stop. 

Mass transit was also affected. 

"Out of extreme caution," Muni stopped running trains through underground tunnels. agency spokeswoman Erica Kato told KCBS Radio.

Bus shuttles were replacing the train lines.