traffic.transit.jpg12:53 AM (Dan McMenamin, Bay City News): Power has been restored to all 7,000 or so PG&E customers who were affected by an outage in San Francisco’s Western Addition and Laurel Heights neighborhoods this morning, a utility spokeswoman said.

The outage, reported at about 10 a.m., was apparently caused by a third party who dug in and damaged an underground cable in the 1200 block of McAllister Street, PG&E spokeswoman Fiona Chan said.

Utility crews responded, repaired the damaged cable and restored power to all customers by about 12:20 p.m., Chan said.

10:55 AM: According to Alert SF, as of 10 AM nearly 7000 SF PG&E customers are without power in the Western Addition and Laurel Heights neighborhoods, PG&E spokeswoman Fiona Chan said.

Alert SF confirms that “intersections are affected” by the outage, but says that “parking control officers are controlling intersections.”

Apparently, however, not all of them – Appeal reader Al says that in the Upper Haight on Oak “the streetlights are out right now so be careful when driving and walking across street as cars are not stopping when crossing.”

The outage was apparently caused by a third party that dug in and hit PG&E’s underground equipment in the 1200 block of McAllister Street, Chan said.

Chan said utility crews responded and are working “as safely and quickly as possible” to restore power to the affected customers.

Power is expected to be restored to the customers by noon, Chan said.

Dan McMenamin of Bay City News contributed to this report

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