SAN JOSE -- The power outage that left about 6,500 homes and businesses in the dark in South San Jose on Friday was caused by an underground equipment failure and not the searing heat, Pacific Gas & Electric officials said Saturday.

Another warm day Saturday, however, saw 200 power outages in the South Bay, mostly around San Jose, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said. Another 235 outages were reported in the East Bay, centered around Hercules and Concord.

It's too soon to know the cause of Saturday's outages, which involved about 20 small pockets of power failures around the Bay Area, but the heat was likely a contributing factor, Guidi said. Power in both regions went out early Saturday morning and was expected to be restored by 10 p.m.

On Friday, the larger outage in the South Bay was restored at 11:15 p.m. after the blackout began around 7:30 p.m. The area impacted was along White Road south of Remington Way, San Felipe Road north of Villages Parkway, Cadwallader Avenue, Delta and Fowler roads.

Another outage on Friday affected 715 people in Gilroy around Third Street, Montebello, San Miguel and Ayer drives that began around 7:40 p.m. and was restored before midnight.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.



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