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Power Outages Delay Commutes in Both N.Y., San Francisco

  • Utilities in both cities blame blackouts on equipment failure
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Swan Oyster Depot patrons sit in the dark during a citywide power outage on April 21, in San Francisco, Calif.

Swan Oyster Depot patrons sit in the dark during a citywide power outage on April 21, in San Francisco, Calif.

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Commuters in San Francisco and New York both showed up to work late Friday morning for the same reason: power failures.

On the West Coast, power was cut after 9 a.m. to about 88,000 customers of PG&E Corp.’s Pacific Gas & Electric unit after a failure of a circuit breaker that caused a fire at a substation, said spokeswoman Nicole Liebelt. The utility is investigating the cause of the equipment breakdown, she said.