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Widespread power outage in San Francisco

Widespread power outage in San Francisco

PG&E restored electricity service just after 5 p.m.to all San Francisco customers affected by a sprawling power outage that began Friday morning when a power substation caught fire.

The citywide power outage occurred around 9:19 a.m.

Service for the city's cable vehicle lines was also halted, and no estimation was given for a time of resumption.

During the height of the outage, California Pacific Medical Center forced to go on backup power and shut down its operating rooms.

San Francisco was hit by a massive power cut on Friday that severely disrupted life in the American west coast city.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency did shutdown cable vehicle service for most of the day.

Kate Davis, from left, Alex Rodriguez, Molly Gasch and Marissa Osowsky work on steps across from their office at ‎BBDO San Francisco during a power outage in San Francisco, Friday, April 21, 2017. Unfortunately, we had this breaker failed.

PG&E is grateful to the City of San Francisco, San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for their cooperation during this incident and to its customers for their patience as it worked to make repairs and restore power.

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It was not until around 11:30 a.m. that BART crews hooked up a power generator that allowed BART and Muni officials to reopen the station and allowing for trains to stop at the station again.

The outage includes the Financial District and other areas. The power outage also caused traffic chaos. A spokesman for Con Ed said the outage in NY that stranded morning subway commuters around 7:30 a.m. local time (several hours before San Francisco's) was caused by a service line failure.

Later, people milled on sidewalks, controllers directed traffic manually, and shops were dark.

After being evacuated from buildings or finding themselves stranded, many people took to coffee shops with wifi in areas that still had power.

"Big lesson: back-up generators", he said. ATM screens were blank.

"It's brutal. This is seriously the worst possible time that this could have happened", he said.

The electricity went out on a sunny spring day, and some people posted memes about being let off work and playing in the sunshine. "I do not want to leave".


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