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UPDATE: PG&E traces cause of power outage in northern SLO Co.

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Posted at 8:55 AM, Sep 07, 2021

UPDATE (2:05 p.m.) - PG&E says the cause of a power outage in Atascadero and Santa Margarita Tuesday morning was tracked to an underground equipment issue.

As of 1:55 p.m., power had been restored to all but 230 of the original 1,600-plus customers impacted.

The outages began shortly before 6:30 a.m. and full restoration is expected sometime in the afternoon.

PG&E says that since the location of the outage has a circuit extending in a high fire-threat area, a complete line inspection is required before the line can be re-energized.

(UPDATE: 9:45 a.m.) - According to a PG&E representative, more than 1,600 customers in the Atascadero and Santa Margarita area were impacted by two possibly related electrical outages.

The areas impacted in Atascadero include Dove Creek Park on the north end, south to Santa Margarita Ranch Airport, and San Diego Road and Santa Barbara Road on the west, to Los Palos Road on the east. In the Santa Margarita area, Santa Margarita Ranch Airport on the north, east and south to Pozo.

PG&E's crews are on scene working to determine the cause and restore power to all customers as soon as possible.

A power outage in north San Luis Obispo County has left 804 PG&E customers without power.

The outage was reported at about 6:21 a.m. Tuesday.

PG&E's outage map showed the outage affected Atascadero east of Hwy 101 down to areas near Santa Margarita Lake. Customers on both sides of Highway 58 were affected.

Power is expected to be restored by 1 p.m.

We have reached out to PG&E to determine the cause of the outage.