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UPDATE: Less than 2,000 customers still without power in Santa Ynez Valley

Posted at 4:39 PM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 21:53:39-04

UPDATE (6:51 p.m.) - PG&E reports that 1,968 customers are still without power after a massive power outage Monday afternoon in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Estimated restoration is 7:45 p.m.

UPDATE (6:05 p.m.) - PG&E is reporting power has been restored to more customers. As of 6:05 p.m., about 8,500 customers remained without power.

UPDATE (5:25 p.m.) - PG&E's outage map shows power has been restored to nearly 3,000 customers, however, more than 10,000 still remain without power. Restoration is expected by 7:45 p.m., according to PG&E's online outage map.

A PG&E spokesperson says the outage affects those in the Santa Ynez, Buellton and Solvang areas near where fires broke out Monday afternoon.

PG&E's crews on scene are working with first responders in an effort to restore power as safely and quickly as possible.

(4:39 p.m.) - Thousands of PG&E customers were left without power Monday afternoon in Santa Barbara County.

The outages occurred at about 4:09 p.m. and were affecting areas from Highway 101 in Santa Maria south to Cachuma Lake.

More than 12,700 customers were impacted, according to PG&E.

Crews were en route to assess the cause as of 4:30 p.m.

PG&E was estimating power would be restored by 7:45 p.m.

No word on whether fires that broke out along northbound Highway 101 between Highway 246 and Highway 154 were to blame for the outages.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.