A widespread power outage has darkened Lompoc, Santa Maria and Santa Ynez valleys tonight.

A Santa Maria police sergeant said the outage forced the station to switch to generator power, but that they didn't yet know the cause. Officers had not received any reports of an accident.

The outage reportedly stretches into San Luis Obispo County.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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runetic
runetic

10:30 p.m. and still no info on the PG&E website. Good to know they are on top of things.

robin93454
robin93454

Very worrisome that we have no local radio news stations reporting, and no way to get info for more than an hour beyond the outage. God forbid we have a natural disaster locally. We have no way of finding out what's going on. And still nothing from PG&E even on their web site. Where is any leadership in this city?

orwell2010
orwell2010

Tuned in to our local radio station to try to get some info on this outage and got only there "canned" programming. Great public service! I guess when the next emergency hits I will tune in to hear how the republicans hate the Democrats and visa versa. Thanks for nothing. PS-- just using this as a disaster trial run let the record show that local radio failed miserably.

Curley
Curley

Our local AM stations have one thing in common: owners who HATE radio! What else explains their lack of investment and cut, cut cut. Why did they even get into the business when they haven't a clue about radio? KSMX has zero local programming and the KUHl "newsman" doesn't do reporting. He just reads the increasingly worthless SM Times. Why don't the local radio stations try investing and hiring real journalists?

Psychsick
Psychsick

Weird how the tvs were the ones that got shut off first. We had lights and all but no tvs. Then it was the cellphone signal, then the lights.

KansasTransplant
KansasTransplant

Fixed it. Sorry about that, guys.

Serofu
Serofu

We've been listening to the local ham radio chatter over my scanner (freq 146.670) as they have provided the most updates. They have always been my source for independent reports of accounts throughout the county.

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