Heat causes widespread outages through the Bay Area

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KRON) — The abrupt surge in hot weather on Monday caused power outages to about 10,000 customers in the Bay Area.

One of the hardest hit areas was in PG&E’s Diablo Division service area, where blazing hot temperatures sent customers running for air conditioning and ceiling fans. PG&E spokeperson Tamar Sarkissian said that demand overloaded the power grid.

The majority of those who lost service were in Danville, Walnut Creek and parts of Brentwood, with about 4,500 customers losing power.

Sarkissian admits that the abrupt change in temperature took PG&E somebody by surprise.

She went on to say that PG&E does year round proactive projects throughout the system to help prepare for hotter days.

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