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Wind wreaks havoc across Sonoma County

  • Santa Rosa firefighter Gary Lopez cuts branches off of a fallen tree that was knocked over by strong winds, landing on three cars at a parking lot beside 844 Fourth Street in Santa Rosa on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (ALVIN JORNADA/ PD)

The wind began to calm before dawn Friday morning, but thousands of folks around the redwood region remained without power caused by more than 200 separate power failures, according to PG&E.

More than 6,000 individual households and businesses in Sonoma County were in the dark, with the largest power failure in Sonoma affecting 3,545 customers, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said.

Santa Rosa and Monte Rio each had more than 500 customers out, while nearly a thousand lacked electricity in Guerneville, Morris said.

Wind Damage In Santa Rosa, Bay Area

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Power failures closed all schools in the Lake County community of Upper Lake for the day, a county education spokesman said.

Sonoma County schools were open, though the Hoen Avenue access to Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa was closed due to power lines and debris, and buses were running late, schools Superintendent Steve Herrington said.

Dunbar School in the Sonoma Valley also is open, despite a downed tree blocking one entrance, he said.

Nearly 7,000 customers were without power, as well, in Mendocino and Lake counties, with 95 separate power failures.

More than 760 customers also were out in Napa and Marin counties, as well as Vallejo, she said.

Crews were on the scene or already making repairs in most cases, with power to be restored later Friday, she said.

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