Power Back on After Massive Blackout Hits South Orange County, San Diego

A wave of power outages affected at least 123,000 customers early Friday morning

Power was restored Friday morning to areas in Orange and San Diego counties after a blackout shut power to some 123,000 homes and businesses for several hours.

Faulty circuits may have caused the power outage from Mission Viejo to San Clemente at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, said Jennifer Ramp, a spokeswoman for San Diego Gas & Electric. The company's entire south Orange County customer base was in the dark for about three hours.

The blackout affected people in Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Coto De Caza, Ortega, San Clemente, Talega, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, Camp Pendleton and La Mesa.

"We saw a huge flash, burst of greenish/white light in the sky and then everything went black," Facebook user Stephanie Sims said in a comment.

The outage mainly impacted customers in south Orange County, but the online outage map also listed hundreds of customers without power in Camp Pendleton and La Mesa, in San Diego County.

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