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Highway 99 at Norris Road reopens after downed power lines causes closure, power restored to over 1,000 PG&E customers impacted by outage

Posted at 4:24 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 20:49:45-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE at 5:48 p.m. on 11/18/2019:

PG&E said it has restored power to most customers impacted by the outage.


All lanes are back open on Highway 99 at Norris Road after it was shutdown due to downed power lines in the roadway, the CHP has confirmed.

According to Sgt, James Nabors with the California Highway Patrol, around 3:30 p.m. on Monday a big rig with a "large object" sticking out of it was traveling north on the highway before hitting a power line causing the power line to droop. Other cars traveling northbound hit the lines causing them to completely fall down.

Officials said a small grass fire was started when the lines went down, but Kern County Fire quickly extinguished the flames.

Caltrans had initially tweeted the closure around 4:30 p.m. Monday evening.

PG&E is also reporting that about 1,080 of its customers are currently without power in that same area --which is near Meadows Field Airport.

County officials confirmed on social media that the airport is currently impacted by the outage. The terminal & Air Traffic Control Tower are operating on a generator as flights are still arriving and departing as planned.

Officials with PG&E have estimated restoration time of 8:45 p.m. for customers impacted by the outage,

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