UPDATE: PG&E restored power to almost 25,000 residents so far. They’re still working on getting the lights on for the last 3,000 folks. Here’s the latest from PG&E:

Power has been restored to all but 3,000 customers. Our crew is working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to the remaining 3,000 customers.
We have been communicating closely with the Mayor of Berkeley, City Manager, Berkeley School District and major customersĀ to provide update on our restoration progress.

It’s lights out in Berkeley for 27,000 residents and two BART stations. PG&E tells us the outage hit just after 11am. City officials say the power outage includes two of BART’s three stations in the city, so no trains are stopping at the Downtown Berkeley or North Berkeley stations. No word yet on the cause, or when power will be restored. This is from PG&E:

Impacted area included downtown Berkeley, area from Martin Luther King Junior Way East to Fulton Street, between Cedar street and Bancroft Way. Area from University Ave South to Bancroft Way between Martin Luther King Junior Way and Shattuck Ave. Also, area north of the University campus, north from Hearst Ave to Leconte Ave, East from Oxford St to Highland Ave.

Lights Out in Berkeley 22 March,2011Kelly Wilkinson


Kelly Wilkinson

Kelly Wilkinson is a radio journalist living in San Francisco. You can hear her reporting frequently on KQED FM and The California Report. In addition to covering California and Bay Area news, Kelly writes the (mostly) crafty blog Make Grow Gather. There she chronicles her love of making things like lemon curd from foraged fruit, spray-painted lampshades and cut felt placemats. The projects she creates are regularly picked up by national websites and magazines. Kelly grew up in a renovated barn in Virginia and is constantly trying to bring a little bit of her rural upbringing to her now-urban life. By day, she catches the N-Judah out the front door. By weekend, she tends bees and grows vegetables in the backyard.

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