Bird causes power outage affecting schools, thousands of customers

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SAN DIEGO -- A power outage knocked out service for thousands of customers in the College Area and surrounding neighborhoods Tuesday, prompting San Diego State University and several other schools to cancel classes.

The outage started just before noon, when a bird hit transmission equipment at an electric substation, according to San Diego Gas & Electric. The resulting short circuit knocked out the lights for approximately 24,000 customers in neighborhoods including College East, College West, Rolando Village, City Heights, Oak Park and Kensington.

By Wednesday morning, power had returned for all customers, though some had to wait until around 1 a.m. to get service back, SDG&E said.

More than a dozen buildings at San Diego State University were impacted by the outage, according to SDSU public affairs officials, prompting cancellation of all classes for the remainder of the day. SDSU facilities that lost power included the Adams Humanities, Communication, Dramatic Arts, Education & Business Administration, Exercise & Nutritional Science, Music and Student Services buildings, as well as Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, ENS Annex, the Little Theater, Love Library, Peterson Gym, the Transit Center and parking garages 1 and 4. School officials said the outage also impacted the water supply on campus.

In many areas, portable bathrooms were brought in to compensate for bathrooms being shut down.

Some student said they had been without power in their dorms since early afternoon.

"Being like all of our classes are online, that's how you have to do your school work, I have an essay due Wednesday and I have to review it but my laptop is out and have no place to charge it," said Student Lyndee Legause.

Late Tuesday, the university announced it would delay the start of classes until 10 a.m. Wednesday. All classes prior to 10 a.m. were canceled. Updates were provided by the school here.

San Diego Unified announced that several of the district's schools were also impacted. SDG&E told the district the outage was due to a "transformer issue." There was no immediate announcement of early dismissal or other changes on the SDUSD campuses.

You can track power outages and find updates using the utility's website.

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