By Darrell Smith
Power is out to thousands of homes across Sacramento County as a rain-packed third day of storms lashes the region.
Hardest hit are North Highlands, where more than 1,400 SMUD customers had no power, and Rancho Murieta, where some 1,068 customers were without power, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District. Another 776 are without power in Fair Oaks.
Many of the outages are concentrated in neighborhoods in North Highlands, Foothill Farms and Carmichael, where SMUD reports 20 or more outages affecting hundreds of residents.