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UPDATED Power restored after early morning outage

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Updated at 8:22 a.m. Friday, January 7

Power has been restored to 6,800 customers who lost it in an early morning outage, Alameda Municipal Power is reporting this morning.

AMP spokesman Matt McCabe said power went out at 4:18 a.m. today for customers in an area bounded by Pearl and Willow streets from Alameda Towne Centre to the Estuary, and also on a portion of Bay Farm Island. He said the utility’s crews were able to turn the power on for 3,800 customers by 5:51 a.m., with the rest getting power back at 6:29 a.m.

McCabe said the utility believes that equipment failure caused the outage, though he stressed it is still under investigation. He said one of the the utility’s 12,000-volt distribution circuits failed, and fell onto another one. A reader had reported that a 12,000 volt line fell at Willow Street and San Antonio Avenue.

“Why the top line failed is still in question,” McCabe said.

A portion of Willow between Encinal and San Jose avenues was blocked off and ringed by utility trucks at 8 a.m. Friday. A ring of pavement at the corner of Willow and San Antonio appeared charred and smoking to a reporter.

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