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09-08-2011, 07:43 PM
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Major Power Outage in San Diego
Officials: County-Wide Power Outage May Last Through Night

Quote:SAN DIEGO -- Utility crews are working to restore power after following a major outage that has left the San Diego area, parts of Orange County and Mexico in the dark. Watch NOW: 10News Live Coverage
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According to SDG&E, the outage originated in Arizona and caused both of its major electrical connections to the region to trip off. In addition to knocking out power to much of San Diego County, the outage also affected people in Mexico, Baja California, the Coachella Valley in Riverside County and southern Orange County.The cause of the outage was not immediately known, although SDG&E officials said the recent hot weather meant there was a lot of strain on the system, and that could have contributed to the problem.Customers should expect to be without power for hours, possibly through the night and into Friday. SDG&E said 1.4 million customers have been affected by the outage.Several viewers from parts of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties have contacted 10News and said they have experienced outages as well.Officials said there is no indication that the outage was caused by any form of terrorist act. The FBI office in San Diego said they do not have any information that indicates the outage is related to any act of terrorism.The California Independent System Operator has issued the following statement regarding the power outages affecting Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties: [INDENT] "The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) issued a transmission emergency after a major system disturbance occurred between Arizona and Southern California and caused all of San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and a small portion of Southern California Edison customers to lose power."The outage was triggered after a 500-kilovolt (kV) high-voltage line from Arizona to California tripped out of service. The transmission outage cut the flow of imported power into the most southern portion of California, resulting in wide-spread outages in the region."The ISO is coordinating with SDG&E as well as neighboring utilities including Southern California (Edison) and utilities in Arizona and Mexico, during restoration of service, which is being managed by SDG&E." [/INDENT] San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials are urging residents to stay indoors and to limit phone use.10News learned flights scheduled to leave Lindbergh Field were being grounded due to the outage. However, planes on approach are being allowed to land. Airport officials are asking travelers to contact their airlines for updates.According to the MTS, all trolley service has been suspended. However, all buses are operating as scheduled. Sprinter and Coaster service has been suspended, according to the NCTD.The Helix Water District is asking all customers to restrict their water use due to the power outage.Customers are being asked to obey the following orders:1. No outdoor water use permitted
2. Flush toilets after several uses
3. Delay showering, or bathing, unless it is medically necessary
4. Continue water use for drinking and cooking
5. Curtail all non- emergency water useOfficials with Legoland California in Carlsbad said the park experienced the power outage and all guests on rides at the time of the outage were able to safely evacuate. The park closed at its normal closing time of 5 p.m.Mayor Jerry Sanders' office issued the following statement: [INDENT] "Mayor Sanders is aware of the power outage across San Diego County. He has been in contact with SDG&E, the fire department, and San Diego police. The county’s emergency operation center has been activated, at Level 1, which is the lowest level. The mayor advises San Diegans not to use their landlines, or cell phones. San Diegans are also being asked to stay away from all roads and freeways, unless there is an emergency. Most importantly, the mayor is asking everyone to remain calm."
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1.4 million without power now from some kind of transmission failure along the lines between Arizona and California.

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09-08-2011, 08:24 PM
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Aliens!!/saywhat
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09-09-2011, 06:03 AM
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Meh, we did it better in '03.
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09-09-2011, 06:49 AM (This post was last modified: 09-09-2011 06:50 AM by dkmac.)
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All because some idiot pulled the wrong switch!

Quote:[h=1]One worker blamed as 5 million lose power in Southwest, Mexico[/h]SAN DIEGO — A power outage accidentally triggered by an Arizona utility company worker darkened a broad swath of the Southwest and Mexico on Thursday.
Nearly five million people lost electricity, bringing some San Diego freeways and airport traffic to near-standstills and leaving inland desert residents sweltering without air conditioners in the summer heat, officials said.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. officials said the blackout occurred at about 4 p.m., taking out power to all 1.4 million of its household and business customers.
The outage extended into southern Orange County and across California's inland deserts as far east as Yuma, Ariz.
Officials told Reuters that many residents may be without power for a day or more.
In Mexico, officials said power was out in northern Baja California's two biggest cities, home to roughly 2.5 million people.
Two reactors at a nuclear power plant along the coast went offline after losing electricity, but officials said there was no danger to the public or workers.








Domino effect after 'human failure'
Officials blamed "human failure" for the outage, which was apparently linked to the actions of an employee at a substation in Arizona.
The source of the trouble was traced to an employee removing a piece of monitoring equipment, officials at Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) said.
The ill-fated procedure first caused the failure of a high-power line supplying electricity to Southern California before unleashing a domino effect across the Southwest, officials said.
Why that mishap, which normally would have been isolated locally, triggered such a widespread outage was to be a focus of the probe, the officials said.

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09-09-2011, 07:22 AM
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I do not know why I find this SO FRICKIN FUNNY.

Quote:Domino effect after 'human failure'
Officials blamed "human failure" for the outage, which was apparently linked to the actions of an employee at a substation in Arizona.
The source of the trouble was traced to an employee removing a piece of monitoring equipment, officials at Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) said.
The ill-fated procedure first caused the failure of a high-power line supplying electricity to Southern California before unleashing a domino effect across the Southwest, officials said.
Why that mishap, which normally would have been isolated locally, triggered such a widespread outage was to be a focus of the probe, the officials said.

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09-09-2011, 07:47 AM
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Quote:2. Flush toilets after several uses
3. Delay showering, or bathing, unless it is medically necessary

How friggin disgusting is this? Nasty people...
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09-09-2011, 08:00 AM
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A friend of mine was supposed to fly out of San Diego this morning. Had to rebook out of LAX instead. He almost had to go up to San Fransisco which would have been a hike.
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09-09-2011, 08:08 AM
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Windwatcher Wrote:Aliens!!/saywhat
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09-09-2011, 08:32 AM
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DjBabiuk Wrote:Meh, we did it better in '03.

Bwahahahaha!

I thought it was caused by that light seeking ball from MIB

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09-10-2011, 05:58 AM
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Squirrelmonkey Wrote:Bwahahahaha!

I thought it was caused by that light seeking ball from MIB

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I gotta tell ya, the '03 black out in the NE USA and into Canada was one of the most fun times I have ever had. Of course, everyone at first was worried about a terrorist attack after there was no electricity for a few hours. But, after listening to a few AM stations from our car stereos that assured us that this was just an accident, good times started. No work, and it was right after Toronto's SARS "scare," so people were just looking for excuses to party. There were random parties on every street, and just walking around you'd get invited by stranger after stranger to stop in for beers. The next day, everybody was out BBQing whatever food they had so it wouldn't spoil. I was grilling up stuff for the girlfriend at the time, and the neighbours, and whoever else was stopping in...then the power came back on. Gah. It was so cool, the power was just out, not because of any disaster, so the rest of life was normal. We were pretty bummed when the juice started flowing again. I'd love to have a blackout like that once a year.
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