Massive So. California outage extends from No. Mexico

A power outage affecting millions stretching north from the Baja Peninsula in Mexico through San Diego to Orange County, CA is being reported, with no time estimate for when power will be restored.

Paula Duffy

UPDATE——–Thursday September 8, 2011 8:00 pm PDT—–San Diego Gas & Electric has reported that the blackout extends east into Arizona, with all of San Diego County without power. Both reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Diego went offline at 3:38 pm PDT, standard operating procedure when there is a disturbance of this sort.

UPDATE—–Thursday September 8, 2011, 5:45 pm PDT—— San Diego Gas & Electric reports that the source of the power outage has been identified but it is unclear why it happened. The two connectors between Arizona and San Diego have been severed, according to SDG&E. Original story follows:
NBC News in Los Angeles reported late Thursday afternoon that electric power has been lost in Northern Mexico, San Diego County, the Coachella Vally and north to Orange County, California.

Without warning or a clear reason for the outage, at least 1.5 million people are affected with estimates topping two million. They are now being advised to remain in their homes and avoid, to the extent they can, use of mobile of land line phones.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced that they …”expect power to be out well into the night.” The spokesman did not rule out the blackout extending through Friday morning…

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