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Storm: Thousands Without Power In Northern California


5:45 p.m. - Weather Advisory, Power Crews At Work

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for areas in the Sierra until 10 p.m.


5:10 p.m

NV Energy reports 21,000 people are without power in their territory:

3,700 in Minden/Gardnerville,. 350 in Carson City, 2,000 in the Mt. Rose Highway/U.S. 395 area, 1,400 in Reno/Sparks, 950 in Yerington


5:00 p.m 

PG&E reports 2,300 without power in the Stockton/Tracy area.

1,600 people are without power from Cameron Park/Pollock Pines/Georgetown area. Partial outage is due to a tree into a power line.

3,300 from Penn Valley to Grass Valley. Partial outage is due to a vehicle hitting a power pole.

1,500 in Oakland and about 700 in San Francisco, 4,300 from San Rafael to Novato

SMUD has restored service to all but 12 of  22,000 customers who reported having no power earlier today.

5,500 are without power due to "major equipment failure" around Lake Almanor

3,000 are without power in Quincy


4:21 p.m. NV Energy reports that 18,991 customers are without power in Carson City, Reno and other areas of Western Nevada.


1:00 p.m.  SMUD reports outages now number 2,200.

12:45 p.m.(AP) - A Sierra storm packing winds gusting in excess of 130 mph over the mountain tops snapped huge trees, closed ski resorts around Lake Tahoe and caused more than 5,000 power outages around Reno and Carson City.

NV Energy reported more than 3,000 customers in Carson City and nearly 2,000 in Reno-Sparks were without power at noon Friday as the winter storm blew into the area after a record high of 70 degrees in Reno the day before.

An undetermined number of homes also were without power north of Tahoe after high winds sparked a brush fire at a power substation in Truckee, California. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service says a 134 mph gust was recorded early Friday near the Mount Rose Ski Resort, which closed Friday along with Alpine Meadows and Northstar.

Impacts (2)


12:31 p.m. Power was restored to some and lost by others. As of now the number of SMUD customers without power is more than 22,000. The largest outage is near Rancho Cordova and Sunrise. 

For more updates please visit: smud.org/en/outages



10:25 a.m. At this moment students at Sacramento City College are sitting in dark lecture halls and studying under emergency generator lights.

Fashion student Skylar Mundy was sitting in the dark when we reached her by phone. 

"A lot of classes left," she said. "The class next to us is playing 'Heads up seven-up,' which I really don't understand because it's a lecture class and they could just continue as usual."

Mundy said one of her classmates is using his iPhone light to sew by hand and the rest of the students moved their dress forms into the hallway to drape fabric under the emergency lights.

SMUD is reporting 20 power outages, impacting around 8,732 customers as of 10:16 a.m. 

The largest outages are in the Land Park and South Land Park areas. 



Around 636 PG&E customers in the Clarksburg area are also experiencing power outages. 



Other PG&E outages include:

5,300 near lake almanor

900 quincy

500 Fort Bragg

1700 Petaluma

6,500 Castro Valley

2,900 Redwood City/ Mountain View

630 Clarksburg

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