SANTA ROSA (KPIX) – Some North Bay communities are in the dark, waiting for the fire danger to subside. The wind remained fairly calm overnight but itâs expected to be a different story going into Wednesday morning.
Most of the customers in the Rincon area lost power in the middle of the night and by evening, for some, the lights have yet to come on.READ MORE: State Sen. Wiener's Recovery Incentives Act Would Pay Meth Addicts to Stay Sober
Nicky Murphy, a Santa Rosa resident says, âI think it was about 3 oâclock this morning. I heard the lights go off and that was it, no power.â
Murphy and her family have been without power now for nearly 24 hours. She added, âI had one bar on my cell phone and no power so it was a day of work virtually lost and itâs very frustrating.âREAD MORE: Notorious Norteño Gang Member 'Lil Rhino' Sentenced For Carrying Out Jailhouse Attacks
Most of the schools in the area also closed for the day with many of the students unable to zoom.
At Pawsarottiâs, a pet store off the Sonoma highway, it definitely was not business as usual. Manager Issac Aronen says business was down roughly 80%.
âI had ten customers all day because nobody thinks weâre open since the power is out and itâs an every year situation,â said Aronen.MORE NEWS: Santa Rosa Lawmaker Proposes Plan For City-Sanctioned Sideshows
Meanwhile, a blanket of smoky air sits on top of many areas of the Bay Area, from San Jose to the North Bay. For those living in Eastern Santa Rosa, they have somewhat gotten use to this yearly ritual but 2020 has tested their patience.