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Power restored after 8,000 affected by outage in Land Park, Florin. Car hit pole, SMUD says

What utility crews are doing to restore the power

Power companies have a detailed plan for restoring power after storms. A first step is making sure power isn't flowing through downed lines. Restoration the kicks in based on established priorities. Here's a look.
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Power companies have a detailed plan for restoring power after storms. A first step is making sure power isn't flowing through downed lines. Restoration the kicks in based on established priorities. Here's a look.

An outage Tuesday morning cut power to more than 8,000 SMUD customers across several neighborhoods in Sacramento, but power was fully restored within about a half-hour, the utility reported.

The unplanned outage was reported in south Sacramento and the Florin area, according to a tweet by SMUD just after 11:10 a.m.

At 11:43 a.m., SMUD said in a tweet that power had been fully restored and that the outage was caused by a vehicle striking a pole.

Street signals had appeared to lose power in midtown Sacramento, and SMUD’s outage map showed power lost in Land Park.

In May, SMUD pleaded multiple times via Twitter for locals to stop crashing their cars into its power poles, after a particularly bad 36-hour period in which three poles were hit.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.

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