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Power, Gas & Fiber Optic Service Disruptions

Current Outages

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Click here - Outage Management System
The City launched a new Outage Management System to better track and respond to unplanned and unexpected power outages. This will allow us to speed up our restoration rates and enhance our ability to communicate with you about what's happened in your area. Be sure to check back here for the most up-to-date information on outages and system restoration. 

Note:  the Outage Map automatically refreshes every five minutes. When calls come in (even one), the system will detect which feeder area that call is from and shade an entire area. Just because an area is shaded, it does not mean that all or many customers are without power.

Storm Updates - View storm and emergency preparedness resources at www.cityofpaloalto.org/storms

City of Palo Alto Outage Map

Other ways to communicate with your utility:

  • Get instant updates by following us on Twitter: @PAUtilities 
  • Report an electric outage  (650) 496-6914.
  • Report a streetlight outage  (650) 496-6916.
  • Report a gas or water leak or line break (650) 329-2579.
  • Receive a free magnet chock full of important contact numbers and website links: send us an email with your name and snail mail address or call (650) 329-2479.
  • Stay up-to-date on major emergencies impacting your neighborhood, sign up online now to receive notifications to your phone and email via AlertSCC at www.cityofpaloalto.org/AlertSCC It's easy to do and will provide you with important and potentially life-saving information in the event of an severe emergency or natural disaster.

Electric Outage Preparedness

Electrical emergencies can happen any time. Whether it’s an accident or a weather-related situation, occasional power outages are simply unavoidable. However, you can easily prepare for the unexpected loss of power. Following are some simple things to have on hand:

  • battery-powered emergency lighting (or flashlights, at a minimum)
  • portable or battery-powered radio
  • wind-up or battery-powered clock
  • nonperishable food and water (including a manual can opener)
  • pet food
  • first aid kit
  • telephone that does not depend on electricity

Recent Outages:

Thursday, November 16: At 11:24 am, a power outage affected about 4460 customers in multiple neighborhoods in Palo Alto.   Power was fully restored by 2:38 pm and the cause was likely a weather-related contact with overhead electrical lines.

Wednesday, October 11: At 11:15 am, gas service was disrupted for about 45 customers on the 900 block of Addison. Crews restored service at 2:15 pm.

Tuesday, September 26: At 7:50 pm, power was disrupted for 10 customers in the St. Claire Gardens area. The cause was a blown fuse.  Power was fully restored at 9:16 pm.

Saturday, September 16: At 2:22 pm, power was disrupted for 186 customers around Moreno and Ross Road.  The cause was a Mylar balloon on the power line.  The outage was fully restored by 6:15 pm.

Wednesday, September 13:  Around 3:45 pm, power was disrupted for a number of utilities customers in the downtown area. Approximately 280 customers were affected. Outage was caused by damaged underground cabling. Power was restored for all customers except the downtown library and 700 block of Ramona around 6 pm.  Power was fully restored for all customers by 4:20 am. 

Wednesday, September 6: At 3:35 pm, electric service was temporarily suspended for 20 customers in Midtown as crews removed a tree limb from the power line. The tree limb removal was completed and power was fully restored by 5:33 pm.

Thursday, August 31: At 2:34 pm, electric service was disrupted on Fabian Way for 7 customers. Crews fully restored power for all customers at 3:27 pm.

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Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015