UPDATE: Wednesday morning PG&E officials said a faulty switch caused the northern San Rafael outage and, as San Rafael Fire Chief Chris Gray said below, a car crash caused the southern San Rafael outage. Click here to read more about what caused the outages.
Some PG&E customers in northern Novato had a power outage Wednesday morning after a tree branch fell on a line.
UPDATE: By 8:13 a.m. on Feb. 20, power had been restored to all customers. Patch is still waiting for additional information from PG&E about what may have caused the northern San Rafael outages. Check back for updates.
Joseph Robinow said on the San Rafael Patch Facebook page he was driving south on Highway 101 after 6 p.m. on Feb. 19, approaching Marinwood, when he saw “a very large flash of light ... up the hill on my left (just east of 101).”
UPDATE: By 11:30 p.m., PG&E says the impact of the outage has been reduced to just 67 customers.
UPDATE: By 10:30 p.m., PG&E says the outage continues to affect 970 customers.
UPDATE: By 9:30 p.m., PG&E says the outage continues to affect 1,156 customers.
UPDATE: By 8:40 p.m., PG&E had reduced the outage to 3,709 customers, according to the utility giant's outage map. According to local resident Brian Hawken's post on the San Rafael Patch Facebook page, PG&E called residents to inform them that another update will be available at 9:30 p.m.
Terra Linda resident Suzanne Saunders posted that her neighborhood lost power around 6 p.m. and had it restored by 8 p.m.
UPDATE: 7:40 p.m. According to San Rafael Fire Chief Chris Gray, a driver crashed their car into a power pole and caused the outage in southwestern San Rafael. The outage in northern San Rafael may be related to a problem at a sub station, he said to Patch in an e-mail.
UPDATE: 7:10 p.m. A large power outage in San Rafael had 20,000 without electricity at its peak Tuesday evening, a PG&E spokesman said.
The outage began at 6:04 p.m. and as of shortly before 7 p.m. 11,000 customers were still without power, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.
PG&E crews are in San Rafael investigating but have not yet determined the cause of the outage. There is no estimated time for restoration, Guidi said.
The outage appeared to be affecting most of Gerstle Park, some residences on Wolfe Grade and portions of Marinwood, Santa Venetia and Terra Linda, according to San Rafael Patch Facebook followers.
Power was also out in Novato (in Hamilton and Ignacio) and Kentfield, and the College of Marin posted on its Facebook page at 8 p.m. that all night classes were cancelled due to the outage. Power was restored at the college by 9 p.m.
PG&E also reported an outage affecting 175 customers in the Strawberry section of Mill Valley. That outage began at 8 p.m. and remained in effect as of 10:30 p.m.
Patch hasn't confirmed if the power outages in other towns are related.
Check back for updates.
-Bay City News contributed to this report