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High winds knock out power to 3,000 across county

Strong winds early Wednesday blew in some power problems, likely helping knock out energy to 3,000 customers throughout Sonoma County — primarily in the Russian River region.

There were 16 outages throughout the county as of about 8:30 a.m., according to PG&E.

Of those, the largest by far knocked power out to 2,567 customers in the west county, including Guerneville and Monte Rio.

"The whole town went dark this morning," said Russian River Fire Capt. Travis Wood. The Guerneville fire station is on a generator, so firefighters had power.

The outage started at 5:35 a.m., according to PG&E. At 8:30 a.m. crews still were attempting to locate the problem.

Outages also were reported throughout the county, including in Sonoma and Petaluma.

Weather forecasters had a strong wind advisory in the area issued through 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Scattered calls to emergency dispatchers Wednesday morning reported lines down, including a report at about 9 a.m. of lines down and a fallen tree blocking St. Helena Road east of Santa Rosa.


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