OCEANO, Calif. - Pacific Gas & Electric is investigating the possibility of lightning strikes damaging equipment after nearly 1,000 customers lost power in Oceano and Arroyo Grande Tuesday.
A power outage was initially reported around 4 p.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol online incident log, Calfire was called for a report of lightning striking a power pole on Highway 1 south of Oceano. Multiple calls came in to report visible flames on the power line.
PG&E said their crews were investigating the cause of the outage and were hoping to have power restored in Oceano by 7:15 p.m.
Related outages were reported in Arroyo Grande near Highway 227 and Corbett Canyon Road. That outage started around 5 p.m.
PG&E said they hoped to have that outage fixed by 8:15 p.m.
San Luis Obispo County had severe weather sweep through the area at the time of the outages, with a flash flood warning in place at the time.
For the latest updates on PG&E outages, visit their online outage map.