Nearly 4,500 people without power downtown

PALO ALTO — Almost 4,500 people are without power downtown Wednesday morning, according to the city’s municipal utility.

The outage was reported at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and officials don’t know the cause of the outage or when power will be restored to people. The city’s outage map shows 4,462 people were without power in the city’s south side.

The power outage comes just hours after Palo Alto and Alameda, both of which have their own municipal utilities, were hit with rolling outages Tuesday night.

The cities were directed by the California Independent Systems Operator to reduce their electrical load. Power was shut off to 1,700 customers in Palo Alto and an unspecified number of customers in Alameda.

Officials are asking residents not to call 911 about power outages and are asking Palo Altans to check for updates via the utlity’s Twitter account. 

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