A widespread power outage Monday afternoon left thousands of residents in Merced and Turlock without electricty, officials said.
Customers in the Merced Irrigation District and Turlock Irrigation District were impacted by the outage at around 1 p.m.
Power was restored to all MID residents about 90 minutes later, the agency said. TID had power restored to some customers.
MID officials believe the outage was caused by a "lightning event," according to agency spokesman Mike Jensen.
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