More Than 20K Lose Power in San Rafael, Novato

Tell us where and when you lost power in the comments.

A power outage in San Rafael and Novato left 20,000 without electricity at its peak Tuesday evening, a PG&E spokesman said.

The outage began at 6:04 p.m. and as of shortly before 7 p.m. 11,000 customers were still without power, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

PG&E crews are in San Rafael investigating but have not yet determined the cause of the outage. There is no estimated time for restoration, Guidi said.

The outage appeared to be affecting most of Gerstle Park, residences on the hill south of Gerstle Park and portions of Marinwood, Santa Venetia and Terra Linda, according to San Rafael Patch Facebook followers

Power was also out in Novato (in Hamilton and Ignacio) and Kentfield. 

Check back for updates. 

Lou Judson February 20, 2013 at 05:02 AM
PS - some of us do not use facebook, so let us knwo here if you can! L
Mark Cwirko February 20, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I was driving on 101 North at that time. There were two very bright (nearly blinding) flashes of light on the power line tower on the large hill just North of the St. Vincent's School in the Marinwood area. There wasn't anything else visible in the area, so likely some kind of overload or malfunction on that tower that caused the outage? Fortunately the rain had come in earlier in the day, which took away any wildfire danger from the tower sparking up. PG&E usually does a pretty good job of keeping any vegetation far away from the towers as well.
John Palter February 20, 2013 at 06:00 PM
The PG&E website was useless for providing updated information about the power outage. Their automated customer service number was also useless. I was hoping that Novato Patch could provide current updates, but no luck there either. If we can't receive information regarding a simple power outage, it doesn't bode well for future disasters does it?
Lou Judson February 20, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Thanks, Mark! Exactly as I thought, and exactly where they lost a pole on the main line for Marin Valley in around 2004 or 5, when one of the poles sank into the ground. I suspect the repairs at that time may have been substandard, but who knows... Was it on the tower closest to the bottom of the hill? I love how Patch can connect us up like this! Lou
Richard McLean February 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Everyone is dedicated to fighting fossil fuels until the lights go out and EVERYTHING STOPS. Approximately 50% if US electricity comes from coal. China's and India's continued economic (and political) health depend on coal. Answer: start a world wide single task force to find ways to create clean coal burning. Tough but look what the US did when faced with the development of the Atomic Bomb, Sputnick and the Internet. Where there is a will (to save the planet), there is a way.


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