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Bird causes massive power outage in San Diego, affecting 24,000

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 22:18:22-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- More than 24,000 people were left without power due to an unplanned outage in San Diego Tuesday afternoon.

The power outage was reported around noon and affected 24,067 people throughout San Diego. As of 7 p.m., the San Diego Gas and Electric outage map showed 3,352 customers without power.

Neighborhoods affected include: City Heights, Chollas Creek, Oak Park, Kensington, Talmadge, W State College, Rolando, E State College and La Mesa.

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According to SDG&E, the outage was caused by a bird coming into contact with a substation near 54th Street and Chollas Parkway.

San Diego Unified said several schools in the Rolando and College areas are without power. See the list below for a full list:

  • Carver Elementary School
  • Euclid Elementary School
  • Fay Elementary School
  • Hardy Elementary School
  • Ibarra Elementary School
  • Mann Middle
  • Crawford High
  • Iftin Charter
  • Language Academy

"All the kids had their phone flashlights out and were lighting in the teacher in the classroom so we could see each other as we talked," said SDSU student Sabrina Cole.

SDG&E says they expect to have power restored by 8:30 p.m. San Diego State University originally canceled classes in certain buildings through 5 p.m., but has since canceled all classes for the remainder of the day.

Click here for an updated list of outages.