Lightning Storms Leave Thousands in the Dark

About 6K customers without power

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Many East County residents lost electrical service because of lightning strikes on Wednesday, utility officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 3:24 p.m., warning residents in central San Diego County, including people in Ramona, that Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and winds in excess of 60 mph was in the region. The warning was issued through 5 p.m.

About 6,000 customers lost power on Wednesday afternoon, according to San Diego Gas & Electric's Web site. Officials said  residents all the way from Julian to Boulevard lost service. An SDG&E official said the outages were caused by lightning storms. They said they expected that  power would be restored to the majority of customers by 4 p.m.

The storms dropped rain in remote East County and are believed to have caused a mudslide near the Old Julian Highway and state Route 78, according to the California Highway Patrol.
 

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