UPDATED: Thousands Lost Power Thursday in San Clemete

About 6,000 customers are affected.

CORRECTION: Because of incorrect information provided by a source with SDG&E, the number of customers affected were misstated in an earlier version of this article. Patch regrets the error.

About 18,000 customers in San Clemente proper were in the dark Thursday evening after a power outage starting at about 8:20 p.m.

Lights were restored to all but about 400 customers in San Clemente by 11 p.m. Thursday.

SDG&E Spokeswoman Gayle Falkenthal said the rest would be back online by 3 a.m. Friday. A single substation was down, she said, and technicians were assessing the cause of the outage.

There was some initial confusion as to the number of customers who were affected by the outage. The correct number is 18,000.

Also affected were Ladera Ranch, Coto De Caza, Ortega, and northwest portions of Camp Pendleton.

This was because of grid problems. The power outages do not appear connected to the

Richard Ford July 13, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Adam, The whole hill behind the school is out. Lights seem to be on north of Hermosa Richard Ford San Clemente Sunrise Rotary
Cheri Rusinkovich July 13, 2012 at 03:42 AM
No power in Rancho San Clemente.
Dan Loyer July 13, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Down at 204 beach, the power is out. I'm thinking this is a lot more than 200 homes.
Dan Loyer July 13, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Via visalia neighborhood is out. All the way up del Cerro.
Richard Ford July 13, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Make that North of Estrella
Bob Murray July 13, 2012 at 03:58 AM
South east San Clemente is out
judy July 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Presidential heights has no power
Adam Townsend July 13, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Updated the article: Almost 18,000 customers are out of power.
Anita DuRocher July 13, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Looks like all of Shorecliffs is out.
Cruz July 13, 2012 at 04:14 AM
We need the power back my wife want's to watch her novelas
Mortermt July 13, 2012 at 04:17 AM
In the middle of i5 going back home to San clemente-- just to know power is out. Hopefully power is restored when we get back. Anybody from Cam delos mares?
cynthia williams July 13, 2012 at 04:20 AM
electric is out on Dominguez my friend said there is electric on Camino De Los Mares
Monique M July 13, 2012 at 04:36 AM
why is the electricity out?
Faith July 13, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Camp Pendleton from the school of infantry and south including the housing on base is out too.
Faith July 13, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Sorry, I meant north of school of infantry.
Jessica Miller July 13, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Off Presidio by Police station is dark
Bill Koelzer July 13, 2012 at 05:20 AM
The lights in Northbeach by the Art Center and Dewey's came back on a few minutes before 10 pm. Anyone know the CAUSE yet?
Adam Townsend July 13, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Ha! Power is back on as of about 10 p.m. I was watching "Louie" on Tivo when mine went out and I had to put on my reporter hat.
Nesa Anderson July 13, 2012 at 05:53 AM
It looks like parts of Talega are still out. They are going to upgrade the substation in San Juan Capistrano, which will help make their power more stable, I hear. http://outages.sdge.com/publicOutageWeb/servlet/OutageList
Adam Townsend July 13, 2012 at 06:02 AM
They sure are: http://sanclemente.patch.com/articles/sdg-e-moves-forward-on-energy-plan
jeff s July 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
planet X took out the power, causing weird weather too. ...doomed.
Marc Schroeder July 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I suspect Edison is purposely doing this to remind us that we need them as more of us question the need for the San Onofre nuclear power plant? It was very strange the way that first power was reduced, the light were dim for about 20 minutes, some of my neighbors still had full power and then the whole neighborhood went black. I have never seen what appeared to me to be a controlled power outage and now they are withholding an explanation?
Adam Townsend July 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Sometimes it takes several days to figure out exactly what went wrong, even if they're able to get the power on. Last night, there was a malfunction at a single sub-station, though the cause was unclear. If there were rolling blackouts because of the absence of San Onofre's baseline power, they would happen in the middle of the day when everyone is using his or her air conditioner. SDG&E hasn't claimed any connection between this week's outages and the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
Adam Townsend July 13, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I'm following up with SDG&E about the causes of the outages. Hopefully I'll have something for you today.
James Schumaker July 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
It seems curious that just as San Clemente was suffering its power failure, there were nearly simultaneous outages in Silverlake, East Hollywood and Venice. I wonder if there is any connection between the outages?
Adam Townsend July 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I don't believe so. I know they were having thunderstorms up there. Here's what SDG&E has to say about last night's outage: http://sanclemente.patch.com/articles/faulty-switch-caused-power-outage-not-shuttered-nuke-plant
Patricia Gatacre July 19, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I gave up waiting for the power to come back on...anybody notice the spooky orange moon?...and went to bed. We were awakened by the TV and by all the lights and ceiling fans that were initially on when we were hit with lights-out. It was about 2:30 a.m. Blackouts are always unwelcome since the watering system for our lawn and garden have to be re-set whenever electricity is interrupted.


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