Thousands lose power after storm |

Thousands lose power after storm

Eileen JoyceA large redwood tree tipped over in the night Thursday and fell onto a building on Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley.
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Howling winds led to power outages for thousands in Nevada County early Friday.

The storm-related outages left 4,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers without power at midnight Friday, the peak of the outages, said Lisa Randle, spokeswoman for PG&E.

Nevada County areas affected include Grass Valley, Nevada City, Camptonville, North San Juan and Penn Valley. The first outages were reported at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Six hundred PG&E customers were still without power as of 1 p.m. Friday in Pike City, Penn Valley, Grass Valley and Camptonville, Randle said. Their power was expected to be restored by 6 p.m., she said.

The cause of the outage was a storm that rolled through Northern California late Thursday and early Friday. The storm caused a variety of problems for the utility company, including broken poles, fallen trees, downed wires and tripped circuit breakers.

About 60,000 of PG&E’s 4.6 million customers lost power in an area that stretched from Shasta County south to Bakersfield, Randle said.

The winds hit 30-40 mph between 10 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. with some gusts hitting 50-60 mph in the Delta region and mountainous Lake County, said Alex Tardy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Western Nevada County probably had less severe winds – in the 20 mph range – because it was sheltered from the storm. Winds speeds in Marysville were clocked in the same range. Exposed areas and ridges could have seen higher winds.

The storm was caused by a dry, cold front that swept down from Canada, followed by a high-pressure area.

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