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UPDATE: Power restored after outage in Atascadero

Posted at 9:11 AM, May 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-23 15:38:15-04

UPDATE (12:38 p.m.) - PG&E officials say power has fully been restored for all customers who lost power in Atascadero Monday morning.

Power was restored at about 10 a.m., about an hour and a half after the outage occurred.

Mark Mesesan, a spokesperson for PG&E, said that crews on the ground were unable to identify the cause of the outage, but noted that circuits with more sensitive fire safety settings sometimes trigger outages like these.

The Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings, which are enabled in areas with high fire-threat, will automatically turn off power when a wildfire hazard occurs. Mesesan says hazards include a branch hitting a power line or an issue with PG&E's electric equipment.
UPDATE (10:54 a.m.) - Power has been restored for all but 109 of the 3,458 customers affected by the initial outage.
UPDATE (10:07 a.m.) - At about 10 a.m., power was restored for much of the outage area west of Hwy 101.

1,524 PG&E customers remained without power.

A PG&E spokesperson told KSBY that a crew in the area is working to identify what caused the outage and safely restore electricity in the area.
3,458 PG&E customers were left without power after an outage was reported in Atascadero Monday morning.

The outage was first reported at 8:31 a.m., according to PG&E's website. It stretches north of Hwy 41 and includes both sides of Hwy 101. Curbaril Ave. and a section of El Camino Real are in the affected area.

So far, the cause of the outage is under investigation.

PG&E estimates that power will be restored by 2:30 p.m.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.