More than 8,000 lose power in downtown outage

SAN DIEGO -- A power outage in downtown San Diego affected more than 8,500 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in downtown, Balboa Park and Golden Hill on Friday, according to the utility company.

The outage began around 11:15 a.m. SDG&E did not immediately release a cause of the outage.

By about 12:30 p.m., 4,000 people had their service restored. Almost all customers affected by the outage had power again by 2 p.m.

San Diego City College cancelled classes for the day after losing power at their downtown campus. College Police were walking classroom to classroom letting students know about the closure in addition to email and text alerts, district officials said. San Diego High School announced that while their campus was also affected, classes would continue as scheduled.

The San Diego Police Department's headquarters was one of the buildings still without power nearly two hours after the outage began.

You can track all outages on SDG&E's live map.