Sunday, October 4, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 30

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How are you preparing for a possible super El Niño?

I’m gathering sandbags right now.
I’ve stocked up emergency supplies, just in case.
There won’t be an El Niño.
I’ve got my surfboard ready.

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Santa Maria Sun / Breaking News

Power is restored to the Central Coast


The blackout that left approximately 149,000 Central Coast residents without power the evening of June 23 was most likely caused by an equipment failure at the Morro Bay switchyard, PG&E spokesman Blair Jones told the Sun. Blair called the incident a "transmission-level outage" because the equipment failure caused two large transmission lines to go offline. The investigation into the outage is ongoing.

Power was out for about three hours, from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., in neighborhoods stretching from Lompoc to Atascadero. Blair said PG&E crews worked through the night to restore power to the area. By 12:30, most residences had electricity again. The remaining PG&E customers—about 12,000 homes—had power by 1:45 a.m.

Theories about the cause of the outage swirled on social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, into the early morning hours, with many people wondering if something had gone wrong at Diablo power plant.

Jones told the Sun the "incident did not involve the plant," which he said continued to function normally throughout the night.