Power outage strikes Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto Utilities "outage map" as of 6:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

By the Daily Post staff

7:31 p.m. — Palo Alto Utilities says power was restored at 7:31 p.m.

6:20 p.m. — A problem at Palo Alto’s Park Avenue substation has resulted in about 7,000 customers losing their electricity this evening (March 27).

The city Utilities Department said it is hoping to restore power by 9 p.m. The outage covers the area west of Middlefield Road from the Mountain View line north to San Francisquito Creek.

Crews are working on the problem, the department says.

Check back for updates.



  1. A more comprehensive explanation of the cause of the power outage that impacted two zip codes in Palo Alto on Saturday afternoon is imperative. My friends, neighbors and I have grown anxious about what exactly happened and want to know more. Was it Lex Luther up to his old tricks again? Was it a hack by bored local teenagers? Worse yet, was the outage staged by scientists trying to make a statement about the climate? The possibilities are limitless. We need to know so we can make informed choices about our future. Truett Clifton-Vizvary, MSW, registered voter and resident of Zip Code 94306.

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