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Power outage affects hundreds of South Bay residents

Posted at 12:18 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 16:14:41-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — An SDG&E outage knocked out power to hundreds of South Bay customers Friday, including a money exchange operator whose backup generator may have contributed to a health crisis.

According to SDG&E, about 703 customers in the areas of San Ysidro and Otay Mesa were affected by the outage that began at about 6:40 a.m. Service was supposed to be restored by 10:30 a.m., but that was pushed back to 12 p.m.

Two people became ill and were taken to the hospital from a money exchange business using a power generator.

According to SDG&E, a substation experienced a technical issue in which a capacitator failed. Crews had to go in a repair the substation before power could be restored.