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* Plane Crashes into House in East Palo Alto Causing Major Power Outages

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Editor’s Note: We are posting this article as a public service for the public to be aware in case they wish to avoid the area due to traffic problems or elderly that may be affected by power outages.

Widespread power outages are still affecting Palo Alto and surrounding cities after a small plane crashed into an East Palo Alto neighborhood this morning, striking power lines on its way down, a PG&E spokesman said. At about 7:55 a.m., the plane apparently struck three power transmission lines that serve Palo Alto, PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said. No PG&E customers appear to be affected by the outage, Molica said. Palo Alto operates its own utilities, although the transmission lines are owned by PG&E, he said. PG&E crews were at the scene of the plane crash this morning and were working to restore power, he said.The majority of traffic signals in Palo Alto are not working.  Drivers are urged to drive with caution and treat every signal as a four-way stop. The power outage has caused Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to operate on backup power generators. Non-emergency procedures have been put on hold at the hospitals until further notice, said Shelly Hebert, executive director for public affairs at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Palo Alto city officials said there is no estimate for when power will be restored. Below are phone numbers that may be useful:

PG&E (415) 973-5930, Palo Alto Utilities (650) 329-2161, Robert Dicks at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children’s ,
Hospital (650) 387-7500

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