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Wind Causes Only Minor Problems in Piedmont

One tree limb down, lots of leaves to clean up, but heavy winds leave Piedmont mostly unscathed

A tree branch fell in the 100 block of Sandringham Road last night, but otherwise the city appears to escaped major problems from heavy winds, Piedmont police reported this morning.

Elsewhere, Bay Area residents were not so fortunate.

Tens of thousands of Bay Area residents were without power overnight and thousands remain affected, PG&E officials said.

In the immediate Bay Area, 2,100 customers are waking up without power, spokeswoman Katie Romans said.

As of 6 a.m., 300 North Bay residents are without power, along with 700 East Bay customers. Those included fewer than 500 PG&E customers in an area below the MacArthur Freeway in Oakland.

In Alameda, which is served by city-owned Alameda Municipal Power, about 3,300 customers lost electrical power for roughly 20 minutes shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

In the Peninsula 200 have their power knocked down. The South Bay has 900 customers still affected. In San Francisco no outages have been reported.

Windy conditions appear to have been responsible for the power outages.

In the Santa Cruz Mountains area overnight as many as 26,000 customers were without power, a PG&E spokesman said.

Today is expected to be sunny and breezy in the Bay Area, with highs in the mid-60s. Mostly clear skies are expected this evening. Lows are expected to be in the mid-40s.

Sunshine is expected Friday. Highs are expected to be in the lower 60s.

A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight.

BayCity News Service and Alameda Patch contributed to this article.

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