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Thousands lose power during Saturday morning storm

Posted at 10:35 AM, Feb 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-02 13:43:16-05

UPDATE (10:35 a.m.) – As of 10:35 a.m., PG&E said approximately 100 different outages had left more than 8,000 PG&E customers without power on the Central Coast.

The largest outages were reported in the northern part of Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Valley area.

The rain brought down many trees and wires.

Officials say to say away from downed lines and to call 911.

It is unknown when power will be restored.

UPDATE (8:50 a.m.) – Power outages continue to be reported around the Central Coast after a strong band of rain and wind passed over the area.

In the Adelaida area, south of Lake Nacimiento, more than 1,000 customers were without power.

Another 700 or so customers were without power in outages around the Paso Robles area that included the neighborhood around Santa Ysabel Ave., along Highway 41 near Creston, and off Highway 46 West.

In Atascadero, multiple outages off Highway 41 have left more than 500 customers without power.

About 170 customers are still without power off Laurel Ln. and Johnson Ave. in San Luis Obispo because of downed power lines.

In Nipomo, about 400 customers are without power off Division St. near Orchard Rd.

More than 1,400 customers are without power in Santa Maria in the area bordered by Main St., Highway 101, Donovan Rd., and Broadway.

Multiple outages have also been reported in Los Olivos, Ballard, Santa Ynez, Buellton, Vandenberg Village, and Lompoc. More than 5,750 people were without power in the Santa Ynez Valley alone.

PG&E has multiple crews responding to the outages.

To check on power outages in your area, visit the PG&E website.



Power has now been restored to most customers in Nipomo and Los Alamos.  The largest outages right now are in the Los Olivos and Buellton areas.


PG&E is now reporting more than 7,000 customers are without power in the Nipomo area.  Still no word on the cause or when power may be restored.


Several large power outages have been reported during the gusty winds overnight.  According to PG&E, more than 2,000 customers are without power in the Los Olivos and Los Alamos areas.  KSBY reporter Melissa Newman reported seeing flashes of light in the area and several viewers have posted similar sightings on social media.  Crews are on the scene but no word yet on the exact cause of the outages.

Another nearly 2,000 customers are without power in the Nipomo and Orcutt areas.  Crews have been on the scene in both areas since Friday evening.  Earlier, crews said the outages were weather-related.

Smaller outages have been reported in several other areas around the Central and South Coasts.  There is no word yet on when the power may be restored.