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Power Out In Many Mother Lode Areas

A huge storm packing powerful winds, snow and torrential rain roared across Northern and Central California overnight – leaving flooded highways and hundreds of thousands of people without power.

The unusual weather even spawned a tornado off the North Coast in Humboldt County.

More than 300,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers were without power from Eureka to Bakersfield. P G and E´s Mark Hendrickson says 4,600 customers in their Yosemite district service area are without electricity. Power was reported out in the Murphys area. He said there are 164 P G and E customers out in the Angels Camp, Copperopolis, and areas south of San Andreas. Power went out about 6:22 a.m.

Power is reported out in the region above Murphys as well.

As of around 11 a.m. Hendrickson said restoration of power to those aras is expected sometime this afternoon, likely by 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. He said about 51 customers are out of electricity in the Pine Mountain Lake area. That power is expected to be back on by 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Hendrickson asks P G and E customers who experience outages to report them using a special toll-free phone line: 1-800-PGE-5000.