Friday October 20th 2017

Blackout in Southern California affects 1.4 Million Customers

Free News Press – According to SDG&E, a major power outage has occurred in San Diego County and has reached into the southernmost parts of Orange County. There was a line that went down somewhere between Arizona and California that overwhelmed the power company. In order to protect the San Onfre Nuclear power plant, it was shut down, which cut electricity to a wide area of Orange County

With this kind of power outage, it will take longer for power to return. SDG&E did not give an estimated time for power to resume. They did report on their website that the power outage could last through the night into the next day. If you have a family emergency plan in place the power company recommended putting it into place now.

The power is out all the way to Yuma, Arizona.  In California, the outage stretched all the way to the San Clemente and Mission Viejo. Palm Springs has also been affected. The power outage extended into Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico.  Outbound flights from the San Diego Airport have been grounded.

The power outages also cause dangerous driving conditions. At streetlights, make sure to obey the four way stop and right of way laws.

SD&E also said that residents in areas without power should make sure that their air conditioner is turned off so it will not come on unexpectedly when the electricity is restored.

By: Jerry Miller

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