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High winds whip through Bay Area

Danville experiences power outage, no major damage

Windy weather throughout the Bay Area overnight Thursday knocked out power for tens of thousands of PG&E customers into Friday and blew trees and debris into roadways.

Gusts reached up to 65 mph in eastern Alameda County, 60 mph in Sonoma County and up to 50 mph were recorded in higher elevation areas in Contra Costa County overnight, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Logan Johnson.

Lighter winds were expected Friday.

In Danville, town maintenance crews observed some minor downed tree limbs and other debris, but no damage was reported, according to town spokesman Geoff Gillette.

A power outage did hit the town between 7 p.m. and midnight, affecting more than 1,200 residents at its peak, Gillette said.

Many downed trees were reported in the North Bay and throughout Contra Costa County. "We're still seeing it pretty windy up in the hills," Johnson added.

A wind advisory was issued for most of the region Thursday afternoon and expired Friday morning, except in the North Bay, according to Johnson.

The warning will remain in effect until 10 p.m. in high-elevation areas in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties, according to Johnson.

The wind came after a storm system moved through the Bay Area earlier this week, he said.

Rain is expected to return on Thanksgiving.

The strong winds also brought massive power outages with 55,000 PG&E customers initially losing power Thursday night, according to utility officials.

PG&E spokesman Jason King said as of 11 a.m., there were 13,000 customers throughout the Bay Area still without power.

The most heavily impacted areas are in the North Bay, as well as the East Bay cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Albany, King said.

King said a majority of the outages are related to tree contact that damaged utility poles and wires.

PG&E hopes to have power restored for all customers by the late Friday afternoon, he said.

— Bay City News Service

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