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PG&E reports multiple power outages 'possibly due to strong winds'

Posted at 11:35 AM, Apr 06, 2022

UPDATE (5:58 P.M.) - PG&E Customers impacted by the outage in and around Cuesta College, nearly 300, had their power restored at 2:30 this afternoon.
The outage north and south of Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero, which impacted about 85 customers, ended with customers
restored after a little more than one hour. And most of the 740 customers originally impacted in the Cambria area have had their power restored.

About 85 are still without power as repairs on a downed pole and wire continue.

UPDATE (2:34 p.m.) - PG&E says another large outage was impacting the Cambria area Wednesday afternoon.

The outage began shortly before 1 p.m. and close to 740 PG&E customers were reportedly affected.

PG&E says the outage was also triggered on a circuit with EPSS.

UPDATE (12:40 p.m.) - Classes at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo have been canceled for the day because of a power outage.

Online classes and classes at the North County campus are unaffected.

While PG&E says it has not yet identified the cause of the outage at Cuesta, the outage occurred on a circuit that has been switched to Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS). PG&E says the EPSS system is designed to prevent electrical equipment from starting a wildfire by shutting off circuits in high fire areas when the system senses a fault. When that happens, PG&E crews must patrol the entire circuit to check for any issues before restoring power.

(11:35 a.m.) - Six PG&E power outages, including an outage at Cuesta College, have been reported in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties Wednesday morning.

PG&E officials told KSBY that the outages are possibly caused by strong winds.

Cuesta College campus is one of nearly 300 PG&E customers left without power in an outage that began just after 10 a.m. Wednesday. The outage is reaching north and south of Hwy 1, from El Chorro Regional Park to just south of Hwy 41.

Nearly 90 customers have no power around Hwy 41, between Morro Bay and Atascadero. The second outage was also reported shortly after 10 a.m.

Two outages are affecting a total of 15 customers in Santa Maria, and a fifth outage is affecting 4 customers in Templeton.

A sixth planned outage is affecting about 100 customers in Santa Maria, but PG&E explains the outage is due to crews at work. Customers were notified ahead of time.

PG&E crews are currently investigating what's behind the outages.