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. TOXIC SMOKE FROM MY NEIGHBOR'S TRASHFIRE

    SMOKE UP AND WAKE THE FIRE.....

    September 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RillyKewl

    Can't blame this one on Enron.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kathy

    A possible cause of the blackouts may be the fact that there were several X-Class solar flares this week and a space weather website said that earth will be experiencing a geomagnetic storm this weekend. In 1989, a geomagnetic storm energized ground induced currents which disrupted electric power distribution throughout most of Quebec province.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • former Charger fan

      That sounds like way too logical of an answer. My vote is for Zombies.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. earp

    There have been three solar flares all somewhat earth directed. This is the first and weakest of the three. Next two are x class could get interesting.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lazy....

    PAY THE BILL NEXT TIME YOU PUTZ.

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

    Power is out as far north as Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo. Thanks for the misinforation SDGE. No surprise. Buttheads.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • hilo, HI

      Thanx for local coverage. (best use of these boards)

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

    X-Class solar flares? sounds interesting... I'm gonna look that up!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. www.Mrmailman.com

    SOLAR FLARES!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE BEGINNING .........PRAY TO JEEBUS!!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ANY OHIO OFFICIAL CAN TAKE MULTIPLE $75 CHECKS AS GRATUITIES FROM CORPORATE OFFICIALS WITHOUT REPORTING IT

    thenews-messenger.com/assets/pdf/BB178667827.PDF

    September 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Lake

    Love how 4-8 million people are with out power and CNN ignores it. But if it was a HURRICANE they would be all over it. Believe me been in hurricanes, losing power is the bad part. Get with it CNN

    September 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DBM

    Stuck in the office in Northern San Diego with traffic leading to the freeways backed up.... Apparently all of San Diego, parts of Orange County and much of Tijuana affected. Now were told likely there will be no power until sometime Friday.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. El Jeffe

    Is this the beginning of the Great Polar Shift? Time to re-learn to live off the land – is there an app for that?

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

    Use your heads, people: the CME (solar wind from the flare) won't be here until tomorrow, so how could it affect us today? This is probably just the grid overloading, unless something physically took out the line (though that's hard to do to a 500kV line and its pylons).

    September 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anotherday

    This is why our power is out http://www.space.com/12847-sun-unleashes-massive-solar-flares.html

    September 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robbin

    So the powers out, big deal!! This is perfect for some quality Family time. Grab some cold drinks grab the kids and play in the yard,the park or just talk to each other. Enjoy the time you have with the people you LOVE !!!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
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