3 killed as strong winds hit Northern California

(AP)

Three people have been killed in Northern California as high winds knocked out power to thousands of residents in the region.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1bWzT3n) a man was killed late Thursday in Oakland when a power line fell to the ground and electrocuted him. Authorities say another man in Oakland died less than an hour later as he tried to avoid debris in the road. In Yuba County, a 52-year-old woman died when a tree fell on a parked car in which she was sitting.

Strong winds continued to batter the region early Friday.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said tens of thousands of customers were without power late Thursday. There was no estimate when power would be restored.

More than 17,500 PG&E customers remain without power in the Bay Area this morning as a result of strong winds in the region, a utility spokeswoman said.

As of 8 a.m., about 13,000 customers were without power in the East Bay, along with about 4,500 in the North Bay, 56 along the Peninsula, nine in the South Bay and five in San Francisco, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said.

More than 55,000 customers initially lost power overnight because of the windy conditions, PG&E officials said.
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