Visalia Power Outage: Lightning Strike Near Fresno Leaves 120,000 Households Without Power

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 20, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A lightning strike late August 19 that hit a substation in Visalia disrupted power to at least 120,000 households.

The strike, which happened at 7 p.m. PDT, hit a SCE substation in Visalia, which is southeast of Fresno, said SCE. Visalia city officials estimated about 500,000 people were impacted by the power losses, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.

Cities impacted by the power outage include Visalia, Tulare, Farmersville, Hanford, Woodlake.

Power came back on throughout these areas as the night turned into August 20. SCE said at 9:52 a.m. PDT that crews have restored power to more than 80 percent of the households that lost power during the lightning strike.

“For those who remain w/out power due to the widespread damage, our crews are working hard to safely restore ALL power asap,” the company said.

See the current outages here or call 800-611-1911.

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.