Huge power outage dims South state
September 8, 2011
A power outage of monumental proportion has darkened San Diego County and parts of Southern Orange County, Palm Springs and Baja, Mexico, NBC Los Angeles is reporting.
More than 1.4 million Pacific Gas & Electric customers, and others in outlying areas, have been affected.
The rolling blackout occurred at 5:37 p.m., when the utility company advised its customers via Twitter: “If you have a personal family emergency plan, please activate it now.”
According to early reports, the outage was triggered after a 500-kilovolt high-voltage line stretching from Arizona to California tripped out of service. A surge in usage in the wake of a heat wave was thought by authorities to be a contributing factor.
Rescue personnel were concentrating on unique operations, such as extracting stranded people from stalled elevators.
Many law enforcement agencies have emergency backup power, as does the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which reported the Mexico-California border remains open.