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UPDATED Alameda experiences power outages

Submitted by on 1, October 24, 2010 – 4:33 pm6 Comments

Alameda residents experienced three power outages Sunday, the latest a nearly hour-long outage that began around 6:30 p.m.

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.

More to come. In the meantime, please feel free to share your stories below (don’t forget to use your full name, per our new comment policy), or by e-mailing us at michele@theislandofalameda.com.


  • Jon Spangler says:

    I was in the Lucky Store at Marina Village when the power went out – twice – this afternoon at about 2 p.m. They had either a generator or battery power for a backup but did not let any new customers into the store while the power was out.

    The registers stayed open, of course. First things first… :-)

  • Kate Quick says:

    So, do we know when this outage will be restored? It is now 7:10 pm

  • Jon Spangler says:

    The power just came back on here at about 7:20 PM following a roughly thirty-minute outage this evening that began around 7 p.m. It took about 10 minutes of futzing with our touchy DSL modem and the router to get them back online….

  • Deborah Hymes says:

    Power was out by South Shore Shopping Centre for an hour: went out at 6:28p, came back on just before 7:30p.

  • Brian Hanson says:

    Power was out on Bay Farm from 631 – 716. We lit some candles had pizza that was on its way being delivered. The driver said that he was on his way when everything went black. Lucky for us because we were really hungry and would have to eaten crackers or something.

  • I was at the Altarena rehearsing for ACMT’s “The Sound of Music.” We were about to rehearse a scene when the lights went out and all we were left with were the emergency lights. Our director dismissed us early and right after about half of us left (Myself not included), the power came back on.

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