By JOSH FRIEDMAN
More than 5,000 households, spanning from Atascadero to Santa Maria, lost power Tuesday morning.
At approximately 8:19 a.m., 3,439 customers combined lost power in northern Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County, according to PG&E. The outage stretches from the Huasna area to Santa Maria. Power is expected to return to affected customers by 3:30 p.m.
Separately, a smaller outage is also impacting Santa Maria residents. The outage, which is affecting 384 customers, started at 9 a.m. and is expected to last until 5 p.m.
In the Atascadero area, 1,795 customers lost power at 9 a.m. Their electricity is expected to come back on at 3 p.m.