Sunrise Powerlink
SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink. Courtesy of the company

Power outages across northern and central San Diego County left more than 7,000 homes and businesses temporarily without power Thursday.

The first blackout hit shortly before 6 a.m., leaving 2,109 addresses in the dark in Carlsbad and San Marcos, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.

A second outage struck about 7:15 a.m., affecting 1,859 SDG&E customers in Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos and San Pasqual, the utility reported.

As of 10:30 a.m., power had been restored to all but 366 customers affected by the first outage and 595 customers from the second one, said SDG&E spokeswoman Sara Prince.

A third blackout was reported just after 9 a.m., knocking out power to 3,134 addresses in Clairemont and Kearny Mesa. Repair crews had those customers back on line within roughly an hour.

As of late afternoon, a total of 619 addresses affected by the first two outages remained without service. They were expected to have power again by early evening, according to SDG&E.

All of the service failures were caused by equipment malfunctions, Prince said.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. March 21, 2019

— City News Service