Power finally restored to all 90,000 affected by San Francisco outage
A fire truck at top left and other traffic try to make their way around a pair of idled cablecars on California Street after a large power outage Friday in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric says about 90,000 customers have been affected by the outage. The outage includes the Financial District and other areas. One downtown commuter rail station has been shut down
The Montgomery Bay Area Rapid Transit station is dark following a power outage Friday in San Francisco.
The blackout affected businesses and schools, kicking off an unexpected three-day weekend around 9 a.m. when power first went out.
Large office buildings in the city's Financial District, not far from the fabled Ferry Building, began emptying out not long after the outage hit around 9 a.m. Schools around the city dismissed students, while cable cars stopped shuttling visitors up and down the city's steep streets.
A major commuter station in the city's Bay Area Rapid Transit network, the Montgomery Street BART hub, went dark as travelers sought alternative means of transportation ranging from ride hailing cars to shuttles organized by the city.
City officials began tackling the problem almost immediately, with power gradually coming back to residents in waves throughout the day.
Also Friday, an outage also hit New York, where subway riders found their commutes temporarily halted due to an electrical line failure, a Con Edison spokesperson told CBS2.
Contributing: Jessica Guynn
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