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This is why the power went out Wednesday in Oakhurst

A paper sign hung on the doors of the Starbucks in Oakhurst alerts customers that they have closed for the day due to the power outage on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 19. The outage affected 2,000 PG&E customers.
A paper sign hung on the doors of the Starbucks in Oakhurst alerts customers that they have closed for the day due to the power outage on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 19. The outage affected 2,000 PG&E customers. wramirez@sierrastar.com

A PG&E equipment failure in Oakhurst forced some businesses to close early Wednesday afternoon after approximately 2,000 customers were left without power.

The outage was reported just after 2 p.m. and affected homes and businesses near the intersection of Highways 41 and 49, said PG&E spokesperson Denny Boyles.

“Sometimes pieces of equipment just fail,” he said. He said company officials will work to determine whether similar outages can be avoided in the future.

Boyles said that while outage originally affected 2,000 customers, most had their power back on quickly. About 174 remained in the dark.

Starbucks, Mariscos Colima and Deli Delicious were among the businesses forced to close for the day.

Boyle estimated all customers would have their power restored by 4 p.m.

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