Power Surge Causes Outage, Damage In East Palo Alto

EAST PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Fewer than a dozen homes remain without power in East Palo Alto on Friday afternoon after a power surge Thursday night caused an outage.

Power lines were damaged when a tree branch fell shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, causing an unusual high-voltage power surge. The lines have been repaired and reenergized. Power has been restored to all but a handful of homes, and PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said work crews are waiting until residents return to the remaining homes so that meters and circuit panels can be inspected for possible damage.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

PG&E shut down power to about 232 customers in the Peninsula city last night after the unusual power surge, caused when the branch made contact with a neutral ground line as well as power lines.

“It’s actually very uncommon,” Molica said of the surge. “We’re doing an investigation to see why it occurred.”

At 4:03 a.m., power lines also came down across a portion of U.S. Highway 101, adding to the power issues in the area. Those lines were cleared by 5 a.m.

The surge caused damage to some meters, but Molica said the damage was not related to the installation of new SmartMeters.

“A voltage surge can damage anything, whether it’s mechanical or digital,” Molica said.

Customers who suffered damage as a result of the power surge are being encouraged to file claims for reimbursement from PG&E. A form can be found online at www.pge.com.

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  1. RobertWilliams says:

    MUST-SEE 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters:

  2. RobertWilliams says:

    CUSTOMER UTILITY BILLS INCREASE AFTER SMART METERS INSTALLED.

    Skyrocketing Utility Bills after installation
    TV News Video (3 minutes)
    http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=video

  3. RobertWilliams says:

    SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER.

    A. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION on May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (and some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List, along with DDT and Lead.
    http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

    B. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH months ago (Feb 2011) found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.
    http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

    C. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed
    (1) Human Cell Damage
    (2) DNA Chain Breaks
    (3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier
    from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters.
    http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/

    D. INSURANCE COMPANIES Hired Independent Laboratory Scientists and these scientists also observed Cell Damage and DNA Chain Breaks and now the Insurance Companies will NOT Insure Liability of damage from Wireless Smart meters and other wireless devices.
    TV Video (3 minutes)
    http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382

    So shouldn’t installation of Wireless smart meters on people’s homes STOP?

    Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user’s discretion.

    1. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
    Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes).
    http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

    2. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS.
    Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes).
    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

    3. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.
    2-page Press Release:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

    4. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME (once active in the utility system) SHOWS RADIATION BURST PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling into and through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home.
    Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient).

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