PG&E and the Bay Area apparently can't handle the heat, and following large power outages Tuesday that impacted 17,000 households and businesses outside of San Francisco, two new outages are impacting a swath of the city and Lafayette.
PG&E's outage map shows the affected areas of San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, which includes parts of Japantown, Lower Pac Heights, and Polk Gulch, as well as part of the Tenderloin.
The SFMTA put out a PSA instructing drivers to treat intersections with no working traffic signals as four-way stops.
ATTN: Report of a power outage resulting in numerous traffic lights being out in the northeast section of the city. Treat these intersections as four way stops. Exercise caution through these areas.— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) June 12, 2019
Simultaneously, around 4,000 PG&E customers in the East Bay, around Lafayette, are also without power this afternoon.
As CBS SF reports, the heatwave Tuesday prompted a statewide Flex Alert about conserving electricity during hours when air conditioners are typically at peak use. Demand was estimated to peak at 42,800 megawatts Tuesday evening.
Luckily we don't get heatwaves like this too often, but is this what the whole summer is going to be like? Remember "rolling blackouts"?