UPDATE (12:15 p.m.) - Power was fully restored a little after 11 a.m. on Friday, PG&E said, about four and a half hours after the outage was first reported.
The power company completed an air patrol of the circuit affected by the outage, Mark Mesesan, a spokesperson for PG&E, said. The crew was not able to find what caused the outage.
UPDATE (10:36 a.m.) - Power has been restored to all but 298 PG&E customers initially affected by Friday morning's outage.
The remaining affected area is east of Portola Rd. and north of Hwy 41.
UPDATE (7:54 a.m.) - PG&E says the outage in Atascadero was caused along an electrical circuit in a high fire threat area.
Mark Mesesan, a PG&E spokesperson, told KSBY the circuit is Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings which shuts off power when it detects a fire hazard.
PG&E has a crew investigating what caused the outage.
UPDATE (7:16 a.m.) - Power was restored to much of the affected area by about 7:15 a.m., including most of the area east of Hwy 101.
1,419 PG&E customers are still without power.
(7:12 a.m.) A power outage Friday morning has left thousands without power in Atascadero.
The outage was first reported just before 6:30 a.m. According to PG&E's outage map, 3,462 customers are affected by the outage on both sides of Hwy 101, north of Hwy 41. It covers large sections of Curbaril Ave., Santa Lucia Rd., Atascadero Ave. and Portola Rd.
Power is expected to be restored to the area by 1:15 p.m.
We've reached out to PG&E for more information on the outage's cause and are waiting to hear back.