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Storms knock out power, school closes

 

Storms knocked out power today to thousands of homes and businesses in the Bay Area, including in parts of Ladera, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

In the Las Lomitas School District, the La Entrada School (grades 4-8) didn't have power and classes were canceled. The Las Lomitas School (grades K-3) had power and was open today.

PG&E crews restored power to tens of thousands of Bay Area customers who experienced storm-related outages, and are working to get power back for several thousand more.

As of 2 p.m., roughly 2,300 customers on the Peninsula remained without power, down from 56,000 earlier today, said PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian. "Things have definitely settled quite a bit," she said.

However, PG&E expects storms to continue affecting service throughout the week. "We have been preparing for this and we have all hands on deck," she said.

The region's coastal and wooded areas pose the biggest challenge for repair crews because of high winds and the concentration of trees, she said.

PG&E advises those affected to use battery-operated flashlights rather than candles, which are a fire hazard. Another tip is to freeze several large plastic bottles of water, she said. That way, if power goes out, the frozen water bottles can be used to keep temperatures cool inside refrigerators and freezers so food doesn't spoil.

Anyone who sees a downed power line should call 911. Otherwise, outages can be reported to (800) 743-5002.

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