H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Oct 7, 2013 8:24 PM by Victoria Johnson

Morning power outage slows business

PG&E has been busy. Two power outages in under 24 hours left almost 10,000 people in San Luis Obispo County temporarily without electricity.

Sunday afternoon, a crash in Arroyo Grande took out a utility pole and 5,600 people lost power for hours. Monday morning's problem was fixed by 9:30 a.m. but made the start of the work week a little slow for some people.

"So when your computer is down it's like whoa, what do we do now," said Manfred Mazer, Owner of Certified Auto Repair.

4,200 other PG&E customers had the same problem.

"The lights went out and music went down," said Paden Hughes, Owner of Gymnazo.

"We didn't have power or phones. We couldn't use our computer, phone, air compressor," said Greg Larson, a mechanic at Landis Auto.

PG&E says a bird hit a power line at their substation about 7:30 Monday morning. It knocked out power for about 2 hours in parts of San Luis Obispo, making Monday morning a bit hectic.

"There are so many different makes and models. So it's constantly to the book, but there isn't a book anymore. It's on the computer," said Mazer.

No power meant no music to motivate a morning workout.

"So we took our cell phones and stuck them in cups and tried to blast as much music as we could from Pandora," said Hughes.

Not everyone was affected. Just across Marsh Street from Landis Auto and Certified Auto Repair, Napa Auto Parts says they never went dark.

"As far as I can tell everything is working ok," said Mitchell Noffz, Napa Auto Parts employee.


"My understanding is it is a grid system. As they put in more new buildings they were put on a different grid so when the power went out it checker boards," said Mazer.

PG&E says during a power outage, you can call their 800 number from a cell phone or use any smartphone to access their Facebook and Twitter page and outage map on their website.

To report a power outage, contact PG&E and not 9-1-1.

9-1-1 dispatchers reminds to only call them if it is a true emergency.

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