Santa Barbara- S County

Central Coast storm causes thousands of residents to lose power

More than 18,500 affected in SLO County

Friday's storm is being blamed for thousands of residents in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County losing power.

Southern California Edison is reporting a power outage in an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County between Goleta and Santa Barbara impacting at least 275 customers. The outage was reported at 7:19 a.m. Friday.  According to SoCal's website.

PG&E is reporting approximately 290 different power outages in Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County, with about 18,500 customers affected as of 3:30 p.m.. The cause of many of these outages is still under investigation, but PG&E officials are blaming downed trees and downed electrical wires due to high winds and saturated ground conditions from the rain.

Areas with the largest numbers of customers without power:

  • Two major outages in the Oceano area, affecting more than 9,000 customers
  • An outage in the Morro Bay area, affecting about 1,000 customers
  • An outage in Atascadero and the Templeton areas are affecting about 2,000 customers

Several schools are reported without power in the area:

  • Morro Bay High School
  • In the Los Osos School District:  Monarch Grove Elementary; Baywood Elementary and Los Osos Elementary School
  • In Arroyo Grande:  Palding Elementary; Ocean View Elementary; AG High School; and Branch School
  • Olga Reed School in Los Alamos


In Los Alamos and outlying areas, roughly from Cat Canyon Road past Alisos Canyon Road, 839 PG&E customers are affected by power outages.

Orcutt has 487 customers affected, just west of U.S. Highway 101 from Woodmere Road to Clark Avenue expanding west to Kenneth Avenue.

We will update this story as new information comes into our newsroom.

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