UPDATE (9:59 a.m.) - PG&E says it has restored power to all of its customers affected by a massive power outage Saturday night.
The utility says during planned maintenance on a bank at PG&E's Templeton substation, they lost another bank, resulting in an outage affecting about 18,750 customers in the areas of Templeton and Atascadero.
PG&E says its crews worked throughout the night and early morning to restore power.
The cause of the issue is reportedly under investigation.
UPDATE (Sunday 7:45 a.m.) - Power has been restored to more than 15,700 customers according to a PG&E representative.
Power has been restored to 15,722 customers and crews will continue to work safely and quickly as possible to restore remaining customers. Thank you for your patience.— John Lindsey (@PGE_John) February 2, 2020
UPDATE (11:48 p.m.) - A failed transformer is to blame for a power outage that left nearly 19,000 customers in the dark Saturday night, PG&E says.
In a tweet, John Lindsey, a PG&E representative and meteorologist, said thousands of customers lost power because a transformer at the Templeton substation failed.
At 9:28 p.m. 18,753 customers lost their electrical service in northern San Luis Obispo County due to a failed transformer at the Templeton substation. PG&E crews are onsite working safely and quickly as possible to restore power. Thank you for your patience.— John Lindsey (@PGE_John) February 2, 2020
As of 11:45 p.m., power is back on for more than 4,600 customers.
Power has been restored to 4,623 customers and crews will continue to work safely and quickly as possible to restore remaining customers. Please visit mobile outage map to view outage details & subscribe to alerts: https://t.co/neXSwQMt8E pic.twitter.com/opwtK4WyQ5— John Lindsey (@PGE_John) February 2, 2020
Utility crews will continue to work through the overnight hours to reach full restoration. However, it is still unclear when everyone will have electricity restored.
UPDATE (10:10 p.m.) - A PG&E representative tells KSBY nearly 19,000 customers are without power.
Officials say they are investigating the cause of the outage and do not have an estimated time for restoration.
Multiple utility crews are responding to assess the widespread outage that ranges from parts of Creston to Santa Margarita.
ORIGINAL STORY (9:43 p.m.) - Thousands are without power in many parts of northern San Luis Obispo County.
According to the PG&E Power Outage map, widespread power outages are reported in Paso Robles, Atascadero, Templeton.
More than 15,000 customers are without electricity according to the outage map.
The outages were reported at 9:30 P.M, and will not be restored until 1 A.M, but that time is subject to change.
The cause of the outage is unknown at this time and PG&E says it is sending crews to address it.
This is a developing story, check back later for details.