Hundreds of Thousands Still Without Power in Northern California

More than 220,000 homes and businesses in Northern California are still without power as residents struggle to recover from massive winter storms.

A Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman says that high winds have
downed nearly 500 miles of power lines and more than 500 utility
poles throughout the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay area.

Spokesman Jon Tremayne says the "sheer magnitude" of the storms and the number of locations affected have slowed the restoration of power in some places.

In the snowy Sierra foothills, workers will have to rely on snowshoes, all-terrain vehicles and helicopters to repair equipment in the most remote spots, PG&E officials said.

About 33,000 customers in the San Francisco Bay area are still in the dark while cleanup of downed trees and flooded streets continues.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-01-06-08 1131EST

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