San Diego blackout affects millions, Orange County power restored, SDGE reports

By on Sep 9, 2011 in Environment, United States Comments

Updated: September 9, 2011 12:48 pm.

Read San Diego blackout cause related to employee procedure, APS says

A massive blackout is currently affecting millions in San Diego, Arizona and Mexico, with power in some areas in Orange County has now been restored.



Deborah Springs shoppers during San Diego blackout
Image Credit: Gregory Bull/AP Photo

According to US news sites on Thursday, September 8, 2011, a 500-kilovolt high-voltage line from Arizona to California tripped out of service, which started at around 4 p.m. PST.

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE), which supplies power to most of the region, used Twitter to update its customers on the press conference, with SDGE president Mike Niggli as speaker.

As noted on the latest update by SDGE Twitter during the press conference, the cause of San Diego blackout has been identified and power is being restored slowly.

Arizona Public Service said the SD outage was caused by a procedure an APS employee carried out near Yuma.” San Diego Gas and Electric (@SDG&E) tweeted a few minutes ago.

“Good news: we have restored power to 18,000 customers in Orange County. Check back for more restoration updates.” SDGE tweeted later, while giving safety tips to their customers.

“During this power outage, turn major appliances off and unplug all small appliances to avoid a surge when power is restored.” SDGE tweeted a few hours ago.

In an earlier press conference, Niggli revealed that the power shortage started in Arizona and around 1.4 million customers could be affected and could extend through the night and until Friday.



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