Blackout In San Diego
September 9, 2011 by USA Post
Blackout In San Diego, A massive blackout that hit parts of California, Arizona and Mexico, leaving millions in the dark, forcing utility workers to encode early Friday to try to turn the lights on one of the most populated regions of the Southwest.
The blackout that began Thursday afternoon affected the traffic, thousands of businesses closed, people trapped in elevators, trains stopped in their tracks and forced the closure of two nuclear reactors, officials said.
Workers rushed to restore power after a high voltage power line between Arizona and California is fired out of service, according to a statement released by San Diego Gas & Electric.
At the height of the outage, almost 5 million people in California were thought to be without power, according to a calculation provided by the ISO of California, the state energy operator of the network. That figure includes about 1.4 million customers; 3.5 million people were without power in San Diego County, SDG & E spokeswoman Jennifer Ramp said on CNN.
The operator of the electrical network status alert issued statewide conservation on Friday to facilitate the anticipated strain on the system as utility companies worked to restore power to millions of people.
On Friday morning, power had been restored to 710,000 customers in San Diego County, the company said. The power was back on Thursday night to consumers in Arizona and the counties of Orange and Imperial in California.
Million, however, were still without power.
“It will be slow going until tomorrow,” said Michael Niggli, president of San Diego Gas & Electric, told reporters Thursday night.
At the height of the stop, the blackout stretched from San Diego California and Orange counties to the east of Arizona and the border cities of Mexico, including Tijuana. Parts of Baja California in Mexico and the states of Sonora also without electricity, Mexican authorities said.
The blackout brought business in the region to a halt, with trains and trams stop in their tracks, transport authorities said.
It also forced the closure of San Diego Airport, also known as Lindbergh Field, and a number of train stations, stranding thousands of passengers, authorities said.
All departing flights were canceled and incoming flights were diverted to nearby regional airports, according to airport twitter account.
Officials said the cause was under investigation to shut down, but ruled out t*rror*sm and said thousands of security just days before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
“Given the fact that we are so close to the 11, I was unconsciously hit people a little bit,” Ryan said Valencia, 33, of San Diego.
Valencia was one of thousands of people who got stuck in the road in huge traffic jams that occurred when the lights went out of the light signals. He said he spoke with his girlfriend and her family, who asked if he was related to a terror incident.
“In all honesty, at first I thought it was a little too comfortable, too widespread,” said Valencia CNN. “I was a little fishy.”
It was the light at 3:45 pm in San Diego, said Joe Pettigrew, who said he was trapped on the 10th floor of an office building.
“They have air conditioning and the windows do not open,” he said, noting that it was 80 degrees outside.
The Arizona Power Service describes the cause of the outage as an “event employee generates,” he said in a statement that an employee was replacing equipment at a substation near Yuma.
APS did not say what the employee was working in the substation have been the great failure of the line that imports of energy from California and Mexico.
“Normal security protocols should have prevented the court. But this time, no,” said Damon Gross, a spokesman for the Food Service of Arizona, CNN.
Daniel Froetscher, vice president of APS, told reporters it was premature to call it a “human error”, saying it would take several days to complete an investigation.
The power outage shut down two reactors at the Nuclear Generating Station San Onofre, near San Clemente, California, authorities said.
The reactors became the normal way of closing after the units identified “perturbation network,” said Eliot Brenner, director of the Office of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission of Public Affairs.
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