A smattering of power outtages around the Central Coast has left 597 customers out of power, according to PG&E reports. The outtages resulted from the first rain storm to blow in off the Pacific Ocean after several dry weeks of sunshine.
Most of Santa Cruz County's outtages occurred in the early morning hours between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m., and include: 56 in Aptos, (with power estimated to come back on by 11 a.m. Saturday), 255 in Santa Cruz (with power estimated to be back by 3 p.m.), 39 in Boulder Creek, 1 in Felton, 18 in Scotts Valley and 74 in Watsonville.
Friday's heavy winter rains and winds are likely to return Sunday morning after 10 a.m., with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday, according to wunderground.com and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Service. Click here to see a Live Satellite of the precipitation which came off the Pacific Ocean in the last 24 hours. The storm clouds also brought warmer temperatures to Santa Cruz County.
PG&E Spokeswoman Jana Morris says now may be a good time to make sure you're prepared for storm-induced power outtages.
Flashlights and extra batteries as well as extra blankets and sweaters to stay warm are supplies Morris recommends keeping on hand. (PG&E does not recommend using candles, since unattended candles are a common cause of house fires.)
"We always encourage customers to have some water frozen so that you can then utilize that frozen water to keep your food in refrigerator fresh," said Morris, who says two liter soda bottles or milk jugs work great. Stash them in your freezer for easy transfer to your fridge should the power cut out.
Here are a few key tips on what to do if you see power lines down, courtesy of PG&E:
1. Keep yourself, loved ones and pets away from the wire, even if it is not sparking or humming, it could be live, and it could kill you if you touch it.
2. Notify local emergency officials and PG&E 1-800-PGE-5000.
3. Do not touch anything that touches the line either, this goes for trees, fences, and vehicles.
4. If a line falls on your car while you are in it, do not exit the vehicle unless you absolutely have to. Call for help. If you must exit, jump clear of the vehicle, never touching the vehicle and the road at the same time, as this could cause the electricity to run through your body.
Did you lose power due to Friday's storms? Tell us about it in the comments!