Lightning strikes cause power outages in California

Lightning strikes cause power outages in California Southern California Edison SCE

More than 82,000 customers across southern California are in the dark as of August 20 as storms rolled through the area and knocked out power.

Southern California Edison (SCE)'s site says there are 57 outages affecting 82,765 customers in six counties.

Lightning strikes caused damages to facilities and equipment, according to SCE.  Lightning reportedly struck a transformer near an unnamed power plant. The transformer was immersed in mineral oil, which ignited in flames, according to television station CBS47.com. Firefighters put out the fire before SCE crews were able to restore power.

The storms also affected planned power plant outages in the San Joaquin area, and those outages have been rescheduled, SCE said.

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