Update 7:45 p.m.: The utilities department just tweeted that the cause of tonight’s power outage was a Mylar balloon that became tangled in power lines. It’s the second time in a month that Palo Alto has a power outage caused by a Mylar balloon.
7:30 p.m.: Power was restored for many if not all customers at 7:30 p.m. No word on the cause.
6:45 p.m.: A power outage hit Palo Alto’s Midtown and Southgate neighborhoods at 6:29 tonight, affecting about 1,800 homes and businesses.
The city’s utilities department tweeted out the following:
“Power outage around Midtown/Southgate area. No known cause or estimated restoration yet; crews are working on it now. We’ll post updates here as more information becomes available.”
Traffic lights are out on Middlefield Road at Colorado Ave. The 7-Eleven in Colorado is without power but the lights are on at Safeway next door. No power at CVS or Starbucks, but Walgreens has electricity.