High Winds, Felled Lines Leave Some Residents Without Power

Evan Walbridge/Staff

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Gusty winds buffeted much of Berkeley early Thursday morning, knocking down power lines in a residential area on Southside, leaving nearby residents without power for most of the day.

Residents living near the intersection of Dwight Way and Etna Street lost power around 6 a.m. when strong winds blew down a large branch that felled the power lines, according to Lauren Livingston, a UC Berkeley sophomore who lives in a house adjacent to the fallen lines. The lines had been repaired and the power had returned by around 4 p.m., she added.

"It sounded like an explosion," Livingston said. "It woke me up and lit up all the windows of nearby houses. There was a lot of sparking from broken wires that set a small fire as well."

She added that other residents were unable to get back inside for nearly 40 minutes due to a live wire lying in the street.

"Having no power wasn't too bad because we had class during the day, but we were definitely concerned about our computers and stuff," said Deanna Kennedy, a campus sophomore who lives across the street from the downed lines. "We were worried that milk in the fridge might go bad."

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