East County News Service
Update 7:20 p.m. -- Power is restored at the Smart and Final, but SDG&E's website indicates power is still out to over 1,200 customers.
July 24, 2018 (Santee) -- A power outage has occurred in the Santee/Carlton Oaks area, affecting 2,359 customers. SDG&E is assesesing the cause but estimates restoration at 9:30 p.m.
ECM reporter Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson was shopping at the Santee Smart and Final when the lights went out. "The big lottery Mega-millions is tonight and I can't buy my ticket," she quipped.
She was also unable to buy groceries for dinner, since the store is accepting only cash during the blackout fur customers already inside the store. Customers outside are being turned away.
Employees of some stores in the shopping center are standing outside during extreme heat, Jefferis-Willliamson says, adding that sirens can be heard in the vicinity.