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. marinewifeyuma

    This outage is all the way to Yuma,az. And its getting HOT.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Laura

    Power is out in downtown San Diego. It's getting hot!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Rick James

    Sounds like Rick James

    September 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Scottish Mama

    They did not want California to hear the President of the United States.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jared

    I just watched an ambulances with its sirens on stuck in traffic behind me for over 10 mins a little concerning.....

    September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bill

    The power is out as far north as Mission Viejo (which is 10 miles further into Orange County than San Clemente).

    September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Rick Springfield

    EMBARGO, Bring me Ragedy man!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Just Me

    I wonder if this is related to the recent solar flares. Some solar flares cause power outages and damage communication and navigation satellites.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Lawless

    It's hitting Mexico, Arizona and New Mexico as well.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. paul

    Very sad , start up the BBQ. What A JOKE.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Brian

    powers out in yuma too!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Philip:
    Please check with Ahkmed and see whether he know anything about power grids or not.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nona

    No power in Yuma either. Talked friends and family as far as San Clemente, CA, they are all without power.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. foreverstallone

    I don't think its that bad to have power out in San Diego than in Yuma,AZ where it is about 100 degrees F in the shade.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. James

    Could be Governor Brown, he was the King of power outages during his other terms. Congrats California for putting the "Brown out" King back in.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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