UPDATED Alameda experiences power outages
Sunday evening’s outage, which appeared to be Island-wide, followed two brief power outages Sunday afternoon. The cause of the third outage is not yet known; an Alameda Municipal Power representative couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
This evening’s outage – which, according to one report The Island has received, also affected parts of Oakland – followed two brief power outages this afternoon which Alameda Municipal Power officials said were the result of problems with Pacific Gas & Electric’s off-Island transmission system. The outages, which affected everyone on the Island, occurred at 1:59 p.m. and 2:02 p.m., and power was restored by 2:11 p.m., AMP officials said.
AMP’s Bill Garvine said PG&E’s transmission lines dropped power heading to substations serving Alameda, causing the outages. He said he’s not yet sure whether today’s blustery weather or something else caused the lines to drop service to Alameda. A PG&E spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
“Alameda was not getting power from the grid for those moments,” Garvine said.
Readers all over Alameda reported the earlier power losses, which caused the Alameda Free Library to shut down for the day. Street lights went dark, and gas pumps briefly shut down.
Patrons streamed out of the Alameda Theatre on Sunday evening while employees sat in the lobby, which appeared to be one of the only places in town with lights. Meanwhile, diners at Angela’s Bar & Bistro next door enjoyed a candlelight dinner – until the lights came back on at about 7:20 p.m.
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