Power outages reported in southern California, Arizona, Mexico
Power outages contributed to traffic jams in southern California on Thursday afternoon, including this one in Orange County.
September 8th, 2011
09:02 PM ET

Power outages reported in southern California, Arizona, Mexico

[Updated at 9:02 p.m. ET] Authorities were investigating a power blackout in parts of southern California, Arizona and Mexico on Thursday that left more than 1 million customers without power and caused widespread traffic jams.

San Diego Gas & Electric said all of its 1.4 million customers were without power. The problem appeared to have originated in Arizona, the utility said.

"This caused our line from AZ and from the north of our region to both trip off," the utility posted on its Twitter account.

Power outages in California stretched from San Clemente to the state's border with Mexico on Thursday, a San Diego County spokesman told CNN.

In Arizona, about 56,000 customers in Yuma, lost power, Arizona Power and Supply said. Parts of Mexico's Baja California and Sonora states were also without power, Mexican authorities said.

The cause of the blackout was unclear. The San Diego utility said greater power usage during hot weather could be responsible.

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  1. sherman

    IT'S THE CARTELS

    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Power out all over the place! Crazy.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    what the hell is going on!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Courtney

    There is also no phone service or cell data currently.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Corey

    Let the looting begin!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. former Charger fan

    This is pretty weird–they say it is the heat, but that it was warmer there yesterday. Yuma newspaper reported that a line was down between them and Phoenix. I don't know enough about the power grid to decide whether or not I believe that a line down between Yuma and Phoenix will affect power in LA/San Diego

    September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bound for Denver

    Stuck at the San Diego airport with wife and 18mo old daughter. No air conditioning. Getting very warm in here...

    September 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave The Pave

    lol! The drug cartels are OUT OF CONTROL!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. apple

    FIRST

    September 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Could be a diversion set up from terrorists to keep everyone busy and focused on other issues

    September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banks

    obama's fault

    September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan Silver

    Godzilla.

    – Dan Silver

    September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Max

    Solar activity 😉

    September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. roye

    Sounds like enron all over again.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • former Charger fan

      I was thinking the same thing.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CryMore

    Oh noes. It's getting hot with no ac for an hour. I bet the east coast and people in Texas are extremely concerned that you are the slightest bit uncomfortable.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
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