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. IanAber

    Why do people have to show their total ignorance by make stupid comments like those above? Corey, Banks, roye, Mike etc.

    Free speech is only worth preserving when people use it properly.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikea

      What makes my comment ignorant? It's my job to think this way and look at it like that. Especially with the anniversary coming. Your complaints go without asking, "what makes you think that?".

      September 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dom

    It's because our power grid is christmas tree'd together like a wall socket with a bunch of frayed wires hanging out of it.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cry me a river

    There's nothing to see there anyway.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      other than beaches, mountains, movie stars, the best zoo in the country, awesome museums, great parks, historic sites, deserts, natural hot springs... Nothing whatsoever in Southern CA, that is why so few people move there...

      September 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet

    Anarchy is coming my fellow Americans

    September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Shouldn't you make that prediction before the light went out?

      September 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel

    Good thing this isn't Watts all over again...yet

    September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Can't be Watts ... you ain't got no watts. hahahaha

      September 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. monica

    im in carlsbad ca. It is terible here. The power outage leaves us with no ac or even fans in my case. Most people from my neighborhood are heading to the pool. Also, the cell sevice is in and out. I cant even make a phone call to the power company to see whats happening. I hope that the problem is figured out soon, so that we dont have to be at the pool all night.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ywgwie malmsteen

    This is strange to say the least...

    September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LaDonna

    Power back on yet?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. crackatoa

    Thanks govornator

    September 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Windy Peterson

      lulz ah-nold hasnt been in office for a while now. its gov moonbeam

      September 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patricia D

    Better by you there city by the ocean than here in Temecula where it's been in the 100s and over for a long time.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. paul

    The power grid today. The water next.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lineth

    I live in san Diego and our customers are saying they have no electricity in tecate nor in ensenada Mexico. Los Angeles and riverside also have no electricity in some areas as well. On the plus side I got out of worlk early......I rather have no electricity than no water....I am from El Salvador so I know I can survive without electricity lol...

    September 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    A night out under the stars.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sala

    Why they make fun of all this? Why?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. todd

    union ran, union maintained, thats why!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
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