Strong winds cause power outages, falling trees

FRESNO, Calif.

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As of 2:15 PG&E reported just under 22,000 customers without power in the Fresno area. The local parks are also feeling the brunt of our wild weather. Woodward Park, Roeding Park and the Chaffee Zoo all took a power hit and were closed Thursday afternoon.

Just after 2 p.m. Thursday, 22,000 PG&E customers were without power from 445 different outages in the Fresno Area.

Between 50 and 499 PG&E customers are without power in Clovis. The total affected area is not known.

2,600 PG&E customers remain without power in Northeast Fresno, in an area south from Bullard to Ashlan, and east from 1st to Minnewawa.

2,400 are out in West Fresno, in an area south from Shaw to Clinton, and west from West Avenue to Hayes.

System wide, over 91,000 customers are currently without power. The Central Coast, Fresno and Yosemite Division (which includes Madera County) are the hardest hit. According to PG&E trees falling on power lines remains the biggest challenge.

Current state of emergency incidents in the City of Fresno

High wind is currently stretching city resources thin. There are multiple power lines that have been blown over and several trees causing multiple incidents.

Fire crews and public works resources are working to respond to all calls. Currently the city has suspended calls to low-priority fire alarm troubles calls and has assigned a Command Staff Officer to the 9-11 dispatch center to assist in call triage.

An Emergency Alert Broadcast has been issued via the National Weather Service to warn residents of multiple down power lines and trees with winds potentially remaining at these high levels until 5pm.

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