Update: Sacramento region copes with power outages as storm arrives

The Sacramento region saw a slew of power outages Friday, as the atmospheric river storm made its debut.

The outages affected several thousand customers and started around 9 a.m. For nearly three hours, about 8,000 customers in Land Park, South Land Park and Hollywood Park were without electricity after a bolt of lightning struck a south Sacramento substation.

“We had an apparent lightning strike, and a wire snapped,” said Christopher Capra, a spokesman for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

In downtown Sacramento, lightning struck the overhead lines of Regional Transit, stopping power on the Blue Line. RT officials were forced to use buses to shuttle riders between 13th Street and Meadowview Station.

SMUD also saw two other significant outages in the Arden Arcade area and Carmichael. Those incidents are still under investigation. Capra did not know whether the two outages were weather-related.

Power in those areas has since been restored.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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