OAKLAND -- A reoccuring power outage that darkened much of the Oakland and Berkeley hills one and off Saturday, keeping nearly 11,000 customers without power, is finally over, according to PG&E.

The outage started at 5:03 p.m., caused by a squirrel that crawled into some equipment at a PG&E substation, the utility's spokeswoman Jana Morris said. At the blackout's peak, 10,959 people were without power in areas north of Broadway Terrace and east of Claremont Avenue in Oakland and west of Grizzly Park Boulevard in Berkeley.

Crews restored power to all customers at 6:28 p.m., Morris said, but power went out again for the same number of customers at 7:27 p.m. Soon thereafter, power was again restored.

Rick Hurd covers breaking news. Contact him at 925-945-4780 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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