Update at 6:30 p.m.: The number of PG&E customers without electricity in Tuolumne County has dropped to around 350 in four separate outages. The areas impacted include downtown Sonora, Crystal Falls, North of Soulsbyville and Pine Mountain Lake. The company attributes the outages to weather related damage to electrical equipment. Crews hope to have the lights back on to the remain customers by tonight. More details regarding the outages that at one point had nearly 4,500 customers in the dark is below.
Update at 5:45 p.m.: PG&E is reporting that just under 500 customers remain without power in Tuolumne County. The company has pushed the estimated repair times for most of the outages. One in Crystal Fall has 59 customers without electricity and repair time has been moved to 10 p.m. At the height of that outage, it stretched from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge to Tuolumne and impacted nearly 4,500 customers. Additionally in downtown Sonora, originally 390 customers were without electricity that number is down to 132 with a restoration time of 6 p.m. Another 32 customers between Soulsbyville and Twain Harte along Knox Road off Tuolumne Road North have an 11:30 p.m. estimated repair time. In the Columbia area, near Yankee Hill Road, there are 109 customers without electricity. The posted repair time has been pushed to 7:30 p.m. Another 155 PG&E customers are now without lights in the Pine Mountain Lake area. The company has extended the restoration time to around 8:15 p.m.
Update at 4:30 p.m.: More progress on power outages in Tuolumne County. The largest one impacted 4,500 PG&E customers from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge to Tuolumne and it has plummeted to just 59 still without lights. The utility has posted a 5 p.m. restoration time. More details on current outages can be viewed below.
Update at 3:30 p.m.: PG&E crews are getting a handle on several outages in the area. The hardest hit area stretched from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge to Tuolumne that included nearly 4,500 customers without lights. That number has now dropped to over 1,100. Crews found a broken power pole in the area. The company reports a 5 p.m. estimated repair time. Additionally in downtown Sonora, originally 390 customers were without electricity that number is down to 144 with a restoration time of 6 p.m. Further details on outages in Tuolumne County can be viewed below.
Update 2:50 p.m.: Due to power outages, the Community Resources Agency is closed to the public until further notice. Further power outages in the Mother Lode are below.
Update at 2:15 p.m.: Another 155 PG&E customers are now without lights in the Pine Mountain Lake area. The company has posted a 5 p.m. restoration time and no cause has been given.
Update at 2 p.m.: PG&E is reporting a large outage including nearly 4,500 customers in the Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, Soulsbyville, Standard and Tuolumne areas. Crews are assessing the situation and the company has posted a 5 p.m. estimated repair time. The company had pushed the repair time to around 6 p.m. for two separate outages in downtown Sonora impacting more than 400 customers. In the Columbia area, near Yankee Hill Road, there are 109 customers without electricity. The posted repair time is 5:30 p.m. What caused all these outages is still under investigation.
Update at 1 p.m.: There are two new power outages in Tuolumne County, according to PG&E. In the Jamestown area along French Flat Road by New Melones Lake, there are 77 customers without electricity. The utility has posted a repair time of 3 p.m. Between Soulsbyville and Twain Harte an outage has left 32 customers in the dark along Knox Road off Tuolumne Road North. The company has given a repair time of 2:30 p.m. For more outages in the Sonora area see below.
Update at 11am: Power outages are becoming more widespread in the Mother Lode, with areas of Sonora, Columbia and Jamestown without electricity.
In the downtown Sonora area there are two separate outages, one impacting 390 customers and the other impacting 19 customers. What caused the outages is still under investigation, but PG&E hopes to have everyone restored by around 1:45pm. In the Columbia area, near Yankee Hill Road, there are 109 customers without electricity. Full restoration there is also expected by early afternoon.
Update at 7:20am: PG&E reports that crews have located a downed power line and restored electricity to all but 37 customers outside of Jamestown. Full restoration is still expected by around 1:30pm.
Original story posted at 6:40am: Jamestown, CA — There is a power outage impacting 114 customers outside of Jamestown.
PG&E reports it stretches from the Heavenly Hills area, up through French Flat Road, and to a stretch of Reynolds Ferry Road and Highway 49. Full restoration is expected by around 1:30pm. It is unclear what exactly caused the outage.