High winds are causing problems for SMUD throughout the Sacramento area. Your best resource during outages may be your smartphone.

At 1:40 this afternoon a number of customers in downtown Sacramento lost power, this was an hour after 4,800 customers in Midtown and East Sacramento had power restored. Sacramento City Hall, Cal-EPA and even KCRA experienced a loss of power.

SMUD Spokesman Chris Capra says your smartphone could really help if your affected by outages.

"Obviously if the power's out you won't be able to get on the computer, go to SMUD.org and click on the outages tab -- you'll be able to see real time what the situation is as far as outages go," Capra said.