A power outage on the Berkeley-Oakland border near the Claremont Hotel darkened nearly 4,000 homes Wednesday, reports Pacific Gas & Electric.
Corporate representative Tamar Sarkissian said the outage, which began at 11:53 a.m., initially hit 3,889 homes and businesses, including Berkeley’s Summit Alta Bates Medical Center, where emergency generators immediately restored power.
Power to half of the darkened customers was restored by 12:30 p.m., Sarkissian said, with all but the hospital back on line an hour later.
“We’re working on repairs as we speak,” she said later Wednesday afternoon.
The cause appeared to be a fault in an underground cable, and crews were working to replace it as the Daily Planet went to press.