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UPDATE: Failed transformer to blame for massive power outage in northern San Luis Obispo County, PG&E says

Posted at 9:43 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 22:26:46-05
Failed transformer to blame for massive power outage in northern San Luis Obispo County, PG&E says

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.


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.

As of 11:45 p.m., power is back on for more than 4,600 customers.

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.