At around 9:15 a.m. Friday, officials reported that the BART/Muni Montgomery Station is closed due to a “technical problem with PG&E.” As always, thank you for your patience.
Riders are being advised to take Muni at street level.
Stn closure at MONT due to a technical prob with pg & e. Pls take muni on st level.— SFBARTalert (@SFBARTalert) April 21, 2017
On a related note, NYC is also suffering from a power outage-related subway failure this morning.
We will update as soon as we know more.
Update 9:40 a.m.: It seems the entire city is seeing major power outages. “San Francisco residents and workers were reporting a large power outage affecting multiple neighborhoods Friday morning,” reports SF Examiner. “The outage began at about 9 a.m. and was affecting at least the Financial District, the Richmond District, Pacific Heights, the Marina, and the Western Addition.”
The PG&E headquarters is also experiencing an outage and using a power generator. Smoke is also reportedly coming out of the substation on Larkin.
An estimated 90,000 people are without power.
Here’s what people are saying:
SF's Marina, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill are just a few of the areas affected by the PG&E outage.— J.R. Stone (@jrstone4) April 21, 2017
Chaos on SF city streets with power out. Sirens everywhere. Cars honking. pic.twitter.com/hHfEIBjepG— Jill Tucker (@jilltucker) April 21, 2017
And some have managed to find levity in this morning’s dark situation:
PG&E the power is out in SF my juicero is not working help— darth:™ (@darth) April 21, 2017
Update: 10:20 a.m.: The PG&E power outage map is currently showing no problems in the downtown area.
Supervisor Jane Kim tweeted this helpful map:
Update 10:30 a.m.: Schools affected by the outage: Sherman Elementary, Spring Valley, Sutro, Tenderloin, Wallenber, Galileo, Marina, Presidio, Redding, and Rosa Parks.
According to PG&E and SFFD, a fire at Tenderloin substation caused outages.
Update 11:15 a.m.: According to SFGate: “As of 11 a.m., PG&E officials could not provide an estimate for when service would return.”
Update noon: With the aide of power generators, BART has reopened the Montgomery Street station.
Here’s what a dark Montgomery Street BART station looks like. Very intriguing, haunting!
Update 12:35 a.m.: Power should be restored my 1 p.m., according to PG&E.
Update 2:40 p.m.: Er, scratch that: PG&E now says that all power will be restored by 5 p.m.