An estimated 4,300 Southern Humboldt County PG&E customers lost poer after 11 p.m. last night. PG&E says it is now restored. (Times-Standard file)

An estimated 4,300 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers lost power in Southern Humboldt County just after 11 p.m. last night, according to the utility on Thursday.

She said the company is still looking into the cause of the outage, which could “possibly” be related to the storms.

“They flew helicopter this morning to check the line,” she said. “I’m not quite sure what was found. They’re doing some switching and working to restore power as quickly as possible.”

As a result of the outage, Humboldt County decided against testing its Humboldt Alert system at 10:17 as part of the Great Shakeout on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

“The Humboldt Alert test scheduled for 10:17 this morning has been canceled due to the unscheduled power outage in southern Humboldt. Drills and notification tests are always subject to cancellation if the message or activity may be confusing during a real event,” the county’s Office of Emergency Services posted on Facebook this morning.

Benbow resident Noella Calderon posted on Facebook that she was “prepared” for outages.

“No power since 11:09 p.m. last night,” she wrote. “Am I complaining, or blaming PG&E, NO!! Why because LIFE HAPPENS!!! And I’m prepared!So on the anniversary of THE BIG ONE, prepare yourself! Backup power, food, water, medication and gas!”

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