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. justathought

    You heard about that terrorist threat in NYC, well they just didn't get the right informatiom–it was S E U.S. not NYC. It was learned that it was a typo.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Nothing I submit is posting.
    I'm not writing as glowingly of the administration or of my country as I was two days ago.
    I'm writing that we should all have some coffee, or at least tea, instead of Kool Aid.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I think that the outages are just as likely to have been caused by the incompetence of uneducated, unable-to-think American workers as by the deliberate acts of terrorists.
    Many times people from Europe or Asian countries that foster ambition are far better candidates for employment in my field than people born and raised in the USA.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Andreas Moser

    Oops. I shouldn't have tried to create an artificial thunderstorm.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sala

    No kidding E, we know this.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. sandiegosycho

    Hey scottish mama...we boycot ARZ and u cut us off?? We will cut u off from coming into our state!!! I hate when u arizoners come to our golden state especially when u guys come in the summer! Omg!! Talk about traffic, slow poke drivers from ARZ. Hey im defending my beautiful state!...ok so.......Power is baxck on..lol
    gas station owes me $120 i paid and went to pump and BAM!!! NO ELECTRICITY!....i only got $7 in enough to get me home.

    September 9, 2011 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. jojo

    nobody panic the sun will come back up in the morning, and there it is now you go aprox 12 hrs till it gets dark again

    September 9, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. jojo

    what does meaningful progress mean?

    September 9, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. helenclark

    Electricity is slowly returning to parts of Southern California, Arizona and Mexico after power was cut Thursday afternoon, affecting 5 million people. http://bit.ly/pRYseq

    September 11, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
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