A massive power outage in San Francisco on Friday morning caused a blackout in neighborhoods across the city, from the Financial District to the Presidio, forcing the closure of businesses, a federal courthouse and a BART station, officials said. As SFGates reports, a spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said at least 90,000 customers lost power.
BART’s Montgomery Station was closed due to the outage, which struck after 9 a.m. BART rains were running through Montgomery Station without stopping. Cable cars were also impacted and shuttles were put in place to provide service, according to the Municipal Transportation Agency.
There were reports of traffic lights out in many city intersections, and traffic was backing up on downtown streets. The Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Ave. was among the many buildings closed down by the outage.
A PG&E spokesman said the company was trying to determine the cause of the outage, as well as how long it would take to restore power.
The San Francisco Fire Department was responding to calls for service, but reported no injuries as of 10 a.m.
Of course, it could be worse..
Power is out in a huge area of San Francisco. If this is the apocalypse it's starting on such a lovely day! pic.twitter.com/TvbWqUe8jt— Olivia Grace (@oliviadgrace) April 21, 2017
Union Square/ FiDi/ Embarcadero are all out of power. This will be fun #SanFrancisco— Ashton (@AshtonNobler) April 21, 2017
#SanFrancisco power out in the financial district - building telling us to "shelter in place" - what could make you feel more secure? :-)— lex3001 (@lex3001) April 21, 2017
So far the Russians have not been blamed.