Local homes lose power

Storm pummels area, knocks out power

Call 9-1-1 if a downed power line is nearby
By: Jenifer Gee, Gold Country News Service
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Penryn and Loomis residents lost power Tuesday as the area was pummeled by heavy rain and wind during the first storm of the season. About 250 customers in Loomis were without electricity as crews worked to fix three separate outages in the area north of King Road to Citrus Colony Road and east of Sierra College Boulevard to Swetzer Road. Also, homes along Horseshoe Bar Road from Val Verde Road east to Auburn Folsom Road were without power. About 400 Penryn residents living on Colwell Road and on Rock Springs Road also lost power Tuesday, as a result of three outages in areas where there are downed power lines across the road, according to a spokesperson for the Penryn Fire District. About 80 PG&E customers in Newcastle also lost power Tuesday morning. The areas impacted include Taylor Road from Highway 193 west to Rock Springs Road. About 940 PG&E customers in the Auburn area are without power: - An estimated 90 residents are impacted by an outage in Meadow Vista that includes portions of Placer Hills, Combie and Volley roads. - An estimated 60 homes lost power in Colfax. Street locations were not immediately available. -About 60 Auburn residents are still without power after two outages blackened homes Tuesday morning. The areas impacted include west Auburn in an area east from Crosby Herald Road to Mount Vernon Road and north from Ridge Road to Bell Road. “We do have crews throughout our service areas working to restore power, but we won’t have a good sense of when customers can be fully restored until after the storm passes through,” said Brian Swanson, PG&E spokesman. Call (800) 743-5002 to report an outage or find an update for restoration of power in your neighborhood. Also, the National Weather Service in Reno issued a high wind warning for the sierra and parts of western Nevada Tuesday afternoon. The warning will remain in place until 5 p.m. High winds gusting up to 140 mph is expected in the Sierra Ridges. Lower elevations at the eastern sierra and Lake Tahoe Basin will experience wind gusts up to 45 mph. Motorists are reminded that various hazards are creating dangerous conditions on roadways. Besides water pooling on parts of the road from heavy rains, oil build up that’s collected on dry roads will now make passageways extra slick. Weather service officials advise that drivers should slow down to avoid hydroplaning and to keep extra distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. 11 a.m. -- Stormy weather has left about 60 Auburn PG&E customers without power Tuesday morning. One neighborhood of about 20 customers lost their power at about 9:30 a.m., and another group of homes serving about 40 customers went black at about 9:40 a.m., according to Brian Swanson, PG&E spokesman. Swanson said the neighborhood of 20 customers that lost power is located in west Auburn in an area east from Crosby Herald Road to Mt. Vernon Road and north from Ridge Road to Bell Road. There was no location information immediately available for the second neighborhood. Swanson said that both outages were storm related caused by strong winds and rain. “The Sierra region hasn’t yet felt the full brunt of the storm,” Swanson said. “There could be more outages throughout the day.” Swanson said residents can report outages, and receiving restoration updates, by calling (800) 743-5002. Swanson added a safety message for residents and motorists who come across downed power lines: stay away and call 911. “It’s an unusual storm by the fact that it’s happening early in October when there is still a lot of vegetation on trees,” Swanson said. “With strong winds this vegetation gets whipped up and flies into power lines, causing problems and outages.” Swanson said residents should assume all lines are energized. “People should stay away, keep others away and call 9-1-1,” Swanson said. Jenifer Gee can be reached at ---------- Readers who want to share any storm photos can post them online or send them to ----------