Fire crews rush to calls in San Francisco outage

NBC Bay AreaPG&E crews addressing major power outage in San Francisco

Pacific Gas & Electric says about 90,000 customers have been affected by a power outage in San Francisco. He said, "see the city and enjoy the restaurants, enjoy the parks and whatnot".

A power outage hit about 90,000 customers on Friday morning in San Francisco, closing shops and snarling traffic in the city's technology and finance center as a large swath of the financial district lost electricity.

Pacific Gas & Electric says about 90,000 customers have been affected by a power outage in San Francisco.

Pacific Gas & Electric crews were investigating the cause of the massive outage, with officials saying they are working to "restore power safely and as quickly as possible".

Crews had restored electricity for an estimated 12,500 people by 12 p.m.

"Power outage in the Northern & Central part of SF", the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management tweeted, urging the public to refrain from calling 911 unless it was a life-safety issue.

By 2 p.m., an hour after the company said it hoped to restore power to most customers, almost 74,000 were still without electricity, the utility's online outage map showed.

Firefighters said on Twitter that they received more than 100 calls, 20 of them related to people trapped in elevators.

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In a statement posted on its website, PG&E said it expects to restore power to about 25,000 more customers "in the next few hours" and to remaining customers late in the afternoon.

The outages occurred on the heels of an Infrastructure Report Card that gave poor grades to both mass transit and power systems across the country.

The department adds there have been no delays in responding to calls.

The outage includes the Financial District and other areas. At one point, red tape blocked the entrance to the 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue station, where two police officers redirected subway riders while the power was out, 1010 WINS' Roger Stern reported.

A power outage forced the closure of BART's Montgomery Station in San Francisco during Friday's morning rush hour and knocked out traffic lights from Union Square to the Marina District and the city's famed cable vehicle lines.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported the outage also affected the Presidio, and KRON-TV reported effects stretched to the Marina/Cow Hollow area.

A call seeking comment from Pacific Gas & Electric was not immediately returned.

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