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Jan 18, 2010 8:37 PM by Monica Quintero

Power outages force some businesses to close early

Tens of thousands of Central Coast homes and businesses have been without power at some point during the day. One Santa Maria business experienced firsthand a power outage on Monday. The owner of Seven Star Food Store, Samir Fadel, said it's frustrating. Fadel said, "We had to close the doors, we cannot keep the doors open in case something happens or someone gets injured. We can't call anybody, we can't send alarm signals or anything." Just outside his business, signal lights were flashing, making it frustrating for drivers as well.

In the event of a power outage, PG&E recommends having battery-powered flashlights on hand with fresh batteries. Officials also suggest having a 72-hour supply of food and water as well as bags of ice to prevent food from spoiling.

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