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. goldenstate

    Why are they talking like its in the past tense?!... the outage happend an hour ago and is expected to last into tomorrow... no power has been restored throughout San Diego all the way to Mission Viejo. The outage is still happening. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. officials said there was a problem with a transmission line between Arizona and California and that two units at the San Onofre nuclear plant went offline.
    The utility officials told a news conference that they were unsure how long it would take to restore power but said some places might be without electricity into Friday. They said the priority was to get power back into central San Diego, then out to substations and to customers.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • srk012

      Because 8:23 E.T. (time of update) is in the past.

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

      My question exactly. I am in current contact with my family in San Diego and they are all currently completely without power. This is a CURRENT and ongoing issue. Why indeed are all the reports using a past tense????

      September 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • srk012

      Again, because the update was in the past. They're saying all these things are accurate as of that time. This is very normal for journalism.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. srk012

    Currently attempting to eat 2 buckets of ice cream. Aww yeah.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scottish Mama

      Brain Freeze

      September 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klytus Im Bored

      That's the can-do spirit!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      You sir are a champion.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • srk012

      Woah woah. Correction: ma'am.... although I'm kind of too young to be considered a ma'am.....

      September 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. svann

    Everyone loves to blame Arizona.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. rlholt2008

    Well I will tell you from the 75 hours I was without power (thanks Irene) DO NOT OPEN YOUR FRIDGE ONCE and go top of your cars!! Every gas station was out of gas for 3 days. Hope your power isn't out as long as ours was.
    Maybe that part of the country isn't allowed to watch Football?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ali

    San Clemente? Try from AZ through the coachella valley and down to Mexico! It's 112 degrees in palm springs right now and I want to know exactly what happened! Please catch up CNN!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      @Ali: I think you answered your own question. You said that it is 112 degrees in Palm Springs, so that means it is hot in your area, which means electricity demand is greater for all those A/C units, thus, failure of the elettrical grid in places because things overheat. Happens all the time. Enjoy the downtime by talking ot your family/friends instead of watching the tv or staring at this CNN blog.

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

    Daughter in SD has cell service. Can't get out of her building though. Electric doors!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scottish Mama

      Manually pull them apart?

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

    You boycott Az, we cut your power off. Have Fun!!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Scottish Mama

    Are you ready for some Fooootball.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. barbara

    a major distraction to do who know what

    September 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. jimyd

    Hot and sunny, this is why we all live here is Socal.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. PunJab

    Go BROWNS!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. PEL

    Just pretend you had a hurricane and be glad it's only a day without power.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Channing Ashbaugh

    California needs Duke Energy from North Carolina

    September 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. SoCalHottie

    Oh, yes 2012 is nearing! It's all about the Technology we rely on. It is "HOT" here on the West Coast, but the sun is going down and will begin to cool off. We all have cars, use the air conditioning until you can open up your houses. Use your car charges for electonic thing. People, please think outside of the box. We r intelligent enough 2 create technology, we r smart enough to stay cool and ride out the storm!!!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Lou

    No point in going to gas stations. They need electricity to operate their pumps!

    Lou

    September 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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