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    Thousands still without power in South Bay, Peninsula; most schools reopen for in-person classes

    March 16, 2023 - Austin Turner, Bay Area News Group


      Thousands remained without power Thursday morning across the Bay Area, a day after Pacific Gas and Electric Company saw its most outages in a single day since 1995.

      The utility said about 367,000 of its Bay Area customers were without power at the outages peak yesterday, with most coming in the South Bay and on the Peninsula. The region was rocked Tuesday by massive wind storms that saw gusts up to 97 miles per hour, damaging at least 217 power poles and 157 transformers according to the utility.

      As of the most recent update from 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, 76,815 customers remained in the dark, with most located in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa Counties. As of 6 a.m. Thursday, the PG&E outage map appears to show outages affecting at least 500 customers in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo and San Ramon.

      Most schools were announced to reopen for in-person classes Thursday, with exception to Cupertino’s De Anza College, which said online classes will continue but may be affected by outages.

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      “CUSD has confirmed that all school campuses are safe for staff and students, have running water and flushing toilets, and can serve students breakfast and lunch,” a statement posted to the district’s website read. “We recognize that operating without power will be challenging, and we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our CUSD staff for acting quickly and working with resilience and flexibility to have all CUSD students return to school.”

      This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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