Southwest Power Outage
September 9, 2011 by USA Post
Southwest Power Outage, Approximately 1.4 million customers were without electricity in southern California and Arizona, where a transmission line of 500 kilowatts not today. Utilities officials said the outage is such that power cannot be restored to the area until tomorrow.
Service territory of all affected Sempra Energy, with 1.4 million customers without electricity, said Jennifer Ramp, a spokeswoman for the utility. 110-degree sweltering heat of Arizona left many exhausted and struggling residents.
A transmission line carrying power over Arizona fell, said Don Boland, executive director of the Association of California Utilities Emergency. The Southern California Edison and Los Angeles energy agencies are working overtime to compensate for the loss of power and protection in hospitals, airports and utilities. Nuclear power plants in the region either down or standby power.
Energy losses of San Diego created major traffic jams on motorways and affected systems, emergency communications response, Vicki Adkins, spokesman for the Fire Department San Diego, said in a telephone interview “We’re having trouble communicating some doctors in the field, “Adkins said. “I do not think we have an answer as to why or anything else right now. But I’m looking completely stalled on highways.”
San Diego Airport, which operates over 300 daily flights, operating with a power backup. They’ve stopped all outbound flights, and most incoming flights are diverted to be.
The Emergency Management Agency of California is on alert. “We have been in contact with everyone to ensure that at least 911 lines of work,” said a spokesman. Agency California Emergency Management is monitoring the situation, said Gil Duran, spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown.
The blackout comes eight years after a severe black out in 2003 that affected the Northeast and Midwest, affecting 50 million people.
Arizona Division of Emergency Management reported power losses to 60,000 residents and businesses in Yuma County, near the California border. Blackouts in Yuma and surrounding communities at the time started around 4:00 pm local, according to local television station ABC 15, and Arizona Public Service spokesman Damon Gross.
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