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Hundreds without power in the North County in second SLO County outage Friday

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CalMatters and the Sacramento Bee look at the challenges to the frayed complex power grid of stations, lines and transformers keeping the lights on for millions of Californians who mostly take it for granted.
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CalMatters and the Sacramento Bee look at the challenges to the frayed complex power grid of stations, lines and transformers keeping the lights on for millions of Californians who mostly take it for granted.

Almost 1,000 North County customers were suddenly left without power on Friday afternoon, PG&E said.

According to PG&E’s power outage map, 956 customers in the area of Shandon, Whitley Gardens and east of Creston were without electricity as of 4:20 p.m.

By 5:50 p.m., power had been restored to all but 91 customers in the area of South 8th and Centre streets.

Around the same time the power went out, a vehicle was reported to have hit a pole and downed power lines in the area of Centre and 4th streets in Shandon, according to California Highway Patrol’s incident report page.

PG&E later said the car hitting the pole appeared to be the cause of the outage.

This is the second large power outage in San Luis Obispo County on Friday. Another earlier in the day knocked out power for upwards of 2,700 customers for part of the afternoon. PG&E believes an equipment issue prompted that outage.

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