Power outage darkens Cal classrooms

Power is out throughout a large part campus at the University of California at Berkeley Friday, university officials said.

University spokesperson Robert Sanders said the first report of the outage was between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Thirty-four buildings are without power and officials expect to have power restored to some buildings after 2 p.m.

Officials said they expect power to be restored to all buildings by evening. Sanders said classes are being affected by the outage, but some professors may be able to hold classes outside. Otherwise, professors may cancel and reschedule classes, Sanders said.

Some of the buildings affected are the Alumni House, the Energy Biosciences Building, Haas Pavilion, Moffitt Library, Sather Tower and Sproul Hall. A contractor doing routine work at a power substation cut a power line, which caused the outage. Campus utility workers are working to restore power by switching to another substation.