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A Downed Power Line Causes Afternoon Power Outage

3,200 customers were without power Saturday afternoon.

A downed power line was the cause of a power outage Saturday afternoon, according to a PG&E spokeswoman.

Jana Morris of PG&E said that a downed line caused about 3,200 people in the downtown Martinez area to lose power at 1:52 p.m. 2,000 customers had power restored in about 15 minutes, and the remaining 1,200 had power back in about an hour, she said.

The cause of the downed line is still being investigated.

Harriett Burt February 19, 2012 at 03:36 AM
This is one of the things I love about Patch. When the power goes out, even if it returns fairly quickly, you find out why it happened much sooner than any other news outlet. Curiosity killed the cat and satisfaction brought it back. Thanks, Jim, for living your life with no hours "off"
Chris Kapsalis February 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
It says to email Jim if you have a news story cause he can't be everywhere, and I have more than once. He does a pretty good job covering a city of almost 40,000. I just want to know what these big 'booms" are I sometimes hear at night. Must be transformers blowing.
Benton February 19, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I was on the phone with PG&E at 1:42 p.m. to report the outage (the PG&E rep was not aware of the outage). Thought it was a transformer failure, because I heard a metallic noise, like a crunch, coming from the street when the power went out. Power came back on around 2:20 p.m. or so.

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