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. yada

    Anybody startin to wonder if we are getting picked on? Or is all the crazy stuff happening in the USA happening everywhere?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • candid_one

      Stuff happens, always has. Today, the internet lets us know in moments what once took days or weeks.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • srk012

      Wait, are you kidding? I'm pretty sure we've had it good in the grand spectrum....See: every third world country.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      It's a terror attack !!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill b

    10 bucks,pablo hit the switch.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      With all the phony accusations of racism over the past three years, at least here's the REAL THING.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vic

      Actually, Paul did! Oh well... guess Pablo will have to fix it.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • candid_one

      Take another look, San Diego County is Tea Party West.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Paul tripped the switch, Pablo is going to fix it and Pableeresh will figure out why it failed and re-calculate the grid.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vic

      I think Andy has it! Heck, working together is what makes this a great country!

      September 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bill b

    Wrong switch

    September 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James

    @OcHotline; It was common during Governor Moonbeam's first two terms in office as Governor. Welcome back to the good ol' days of power outages Cali. Ol' Moonbeam doing what he always did best as Governor-leaving California in the dark. And you all were silly enough to put him back in office.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      I think of Gray Davis as the blackout Governor.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • candid_one

      You must've been living on a different planet. Nothing since WWII compares to what Bush-Cheney did to California during Gray Davis' term.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chuponsita

    It seems like king kong is comming back he loves to film movies when there is a blovkout.thst's my boy!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vic

    Actually, Paul did! Oh well... guess Pablo will have to fix it.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. erika

    Here in la mesa its ok I guess we could all take a nap nothing else to do L000000000L

    September 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Roman

    One Nation Under God! have we got the message?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roxie

      How does that apply to the situation? You Jesus freaks will look for any excuse to slam religion in other people's faces!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hy

      Roxie, I agree with you 100%

      September 9, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    Anybody see any UFOs topping off on their way to New Mexico?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Klatu Berata Nicto

    Was not excessive use, or a rolling blackout issue. CA ISO reports demand was well below demand. http://www.caiso.com/Pages/TodaysOutlook.aspx

    Either faulty equipment, a solar flare (it is solar maximum and flares have been reported) or those dang chinese hackers.

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

    In Yuma, AZ where it's 115 . We have no power either. :0/

    September 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. svann

    Illegal aliens!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Padmanabham

    This shows how vulnerable are we with with our reliance on electricity for running our lives. Everyone should practice at least once a month a drill to voluntarily shutdown power at their house for a couple of hours . Live without electricity , telephone, cellphone , computers and TV !

    September 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yada

    I just thought of something. Could it be the Repubs jinxing Pres Obamas speech? Is it really out in N. Cal as well? Wonder if it will keep going up through Oregon and Washington.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LeelovezIrene

    2- hurricanes major flooding
    1- tropical storm we major flooding
    1- major power outages in two countries
    ?-something iz missing ohh yea
    1- 9.1 earthquake in the west coast
    1-guess there's some truth in the chaos theory

    September 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
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