Storms Cause Concord Power Outages

Lightning strike over the ocean forces plane back to SFO; no injuries reported.

Bay City News Service
Booming thunderstorms rolled through the Bay Area Thursday night, causing multiple power outages including a couple in Concord, and a lightning strike on an airplane.

That flight, United Airlines Flight 930 bound for London's Heathrow Airport, left at 7:35 p.m. and was struck by lightning while flying over the ocean. No passengers were injured in the lightning strike, said duty manager Nancie Parker.

The plane returned to San Francisco at 10 p.m. and the passengers were rerouted to a Friday flight. A day of heavy rain and lightning resulted in 60 flight cancellations in and out of San Francisco International Airport on Thursday. The airport will be catching up Friday on the lost traffic, but more rain and lightning still lingering in the area Friday could mean more flight delays. "Hopefully today will be a better day if the weather cooperates," Parker said.
Several weather-related power outages left thousands of PG&E customers in the dark Thursday night, a utility spokeswoman said. Some 4,500 customers in Concord lost power in Concord after an outage that was reported at 10:09 p.m. An earlier outage in Concord initially impacted 1,700 customers. That outage was caused by downed power lines and was reported at 8:42 p.m. Power was restored to all but 7:20 customers as of 8 a.m. Friday, said PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris.

About 2,000 PG&E customers in San Francisco lost power because of downed power lines. There was also a power outage in the Oakland hills, which was reported at 6:58 a.m. Friday and was affecting 488 customers as of 8 a.m.,
according to Morris.


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