VIDEO: Heat wave causes massive power outage across Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Nearly 20,000 electric customers in the San Francisco Bay Area lost power because of high temperatures Sunday, a PG&E spokeswoman said.

At 10:30 p.m. Sunday, 19,529 customers were in the dark with a majority of those in the East Bay and South Bay, spokeswoman Jacqueline Ratto said.

Between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday crews restored power to 22,500 customers.

Monday the number of customers who still did not have power ranged from 2,000-4,000. The majority left without power were in the South Bay and the East Bay.

Tuesday morning the number has dropped to a total of 1,850 outages. But then by 10 a.m., the numbers began to spike in some areas.

Here is the breakdown:

EAST BAY – 2,163 (1,200 in Walnut Creek)
SOUTH BAY – 706
NORTH BAY – 206
PENINSULA – 3
SAN FRANCISCO – 62

“Severe heat in the Bay Area is causing widespread outages,” Ratto said.

PG&E has brought in extra crews and resources to restore power.

Ratto said the widespread outages are generally due to increased demand for air conditioning.

The increased demand may overload electric lines, transformers and other equipment resulting in power outages.

And it’s not over yet. Another round of high temperatures is expected to hit the Bay Area on Thursday.

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