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. big daddy

    Drink the beer before it warms. Fire up the BBQ. Cool off in the pool. Have a party.

    Plus – if the alarm does not go off in the morning, no work!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • gummyballz

      Power in nor cal is out as well as NM
      bout time cnn picked this up 2 hrs later....
      no football no politics... and my beer is all gone... stores r closed... damn, no xbox even

      September 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jackie

    Anyone know of any gas stations that are open now during the power outage? Thanks

    September 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marv

      your mom's gas station is open.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      absolutely none would be able to sell gas.. unless they got power somehow. Pumps are run off electric. Registers are electric.. etc .

      September 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steph

    rolling power outages here in Arizona too... its 110* people!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      East coast earthquakes, Texas and surrounding states in drought, wildfires, hurricanes drowning the northeast, extensive power outages in the west.
      What next? Locusts?
      Good luck, try not to get overheated. I know how lousy it is in that kind of heat when the power goes out from my time in the Middle East.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOEY

      It's been 110 during the summer in Arizona since the beginning of time.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. todd

    ooops gotta go watch FOOTBALL BABY!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james

    part of a terror plot ?? Hmmmmmmm

    September 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Beto Cordova

    Not only is it in San Diego but also in Mexicali MEX, Calexico CA, most Imperial Valley, San Diego CA, Ensenada MEX, and Tijuana MEX

    September 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      from what im reading its all due to something wrong with a hydro damn... Just goes to show how fragile the system really is. Only real option we have is nuclear.. or wind or solar.. but the last 2 would take a lot more then nuclear. in realistate and resources.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phill

    Quick, everybody unplug your grow lights.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bill b

    Too soon to start thinking about eating my fat golden?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sal

    It's affecting Yuma County too.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OCHotline

    Oh what fun, no power. This is NOT normal for socal. I am only a couple miles from a neuclear power plant, no fair! LOL

    September 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John deGeus

    If the power is out from Mexico to Orange County CA to Arizona, then why are there intermittent spots that have power. On my drive home from Oceanside to Fallbrook CA some traffic lights along highway 76 worked while others were completely. The light at 76 and I-15 is working but my neighborhood a quarter of a mile away is out of power.

    Regardless of the explanation, the extent of the power outage has to make you concerned about terrorism.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dimple

      Seems an unlikely spot for a terrorist attack on a power grid.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KathySanDiego

    The Reagan comes in tomorrow. Crap. I'll take a power outage in San Diego over ANY day in another part of the country.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JAdams1776

    This is what happens when utilities are not allowed to build power-plants and transmission lines. Duh.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    SOMEONE BETTR PLEASE CALL ARRRRNOLD!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. peter

    I know someone in Palm Springs that I hope fries to death!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
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