Power outage hits San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly and election office

A massive outage left a large portion of northern San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly without power Tuesday night.

The outage hit the County Government Center in downtown San Luis Obispo where the Clerk-Recorder’s Office was busy counting ballots in the presidential primary. Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong said the outage did not delay the count.

“We were able to continue counting because of our backup generator,” he said at 11 p.m. “We’re almost done.”

According to the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. website, the outage affected about 2,473 customers at 11 p.m., though the cause was unknown. An assessment crew was en route to the scene, with power expected to be restored by 2:15 a.m.

At its height, the outage stretched from downtown San Luis Obispo along Marsh and Higuera streets north past the Highway 58 exit on Highway 101 near Santa Margarita, and it affected about 4,751 customers.

A dispatcher with the San Luis Obispo Police Department said authorities were on scene and no further information was available at this time.