Power Outage Hits San Francisco

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A massive power outage threw San Francisco into chaos for most of Friday, knocking out traffic signals, paralyzing businesses and halting the city’s famed cable cars.

According to Reuters, the power outage was triggered by a fire in a PG&E Corp. utility substation, and started just after 9 a.m. (noon ET/1600 GMT) and at one point affected nearly 90,000 customers, according to PG&E.

Office workers unable to access elevators or use their keycards spilled out onto the sidewalks, some wandering the streets in search of an open cafe or sunny spot to enjoy a rare warm San Francisco day.

Others simply went home, with long lines forming for ferries. For many, there was little to do but wait.

Power was finally restored to all customers by 6 pm local time, PG&E said.


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