SDG&E crew working on a power pole
An SDG&E crew works on a power pole. Photo courtesy of the company

Power outages left tens of thousands of homes and businesses across San Diego without electrical service Tuesday.

The first of the two blackouts began for unknown reasons about 11:15 a.m., affecting Fort Rosecrans, Lindbergh Field, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, the Midway area, Mission Bay, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.

In all, the outage left about 13,000 utility customers without electricity, SDG&E reported.

Repair crews had power restored to all the affected areas as of 12:30 p.m., according to the utility company.

About 90 minutes later, another outage took place to the east, knocking out electrical service to roughly 8,300 addresses in Balboa Park, Center City, Chollas Creek, City Heights, Golden Hill, Normal Heights, North Park, Oak Park and University Heights, SDG&E reported.

The utility predicted restoration of power to those neighborhoods by late afternoon.

The causes of the blackouts were under investigation, according to SDG&E.

Updated at 4:55 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020

–City News Service