San Diego Power Outage Update

Tyler Durden's picture

No, it's not some zombie Enron coming back from the graveyard behind Chapter 7 court. Nor is it the terrorizers. It is just some downed powerlines. However for anyone dumb enough to wish to take advantage of the chaos and immigrate: sorry, the border is running on backup generators.

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From NBC San Diego:

An SDG&E official just stated, "We expect power to be out well into the night and into tomorrow in some areas."

A transmitter line between Arizona and California was severed, causing both major connections in the region, causing the outage. The extreme heat in some areas also may have caused some problems with the lines, according to SDG&E.

"Essentially we have two connections from the rest of the world: One of from the north and one is to the east. Both connections are severed," said the SDG&E official.

The FBI and SDG&E officials said the power outage is not related to the terror threat.

San Diego County spokesman Mike Workman said that his department was unaware to the cause of what was going on and he is "sending a representative to SDG&E right now."

The San Diego border along Mexico is still open, as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are running on back up power.

The San Diego Airport is still open -- but there are no outbound flights. Some inbound flights are being delayed or diverted.

San Diego State University has closed for the day. No injuries from the school has been reported.

Roads are congested throughout the county as traffic lights are out. Motorists are stuck in a gridlock as SDG&E works to fix the problem.

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Almost Solvent's picture

Zombieland Bitchez

spiral_eyes's picture

government regulation, bitchez

Fukushima Sam's picture

Would this be a bad time to tweet some bomb threats?

AldousHuxley's picture

wait 3 days and then say it in public.

Mactheknife's picture

No Thur night NFL for you!  (Packers 42-Saints 34)  Sorry bout your luck.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

i just got a call from a pit boss i know in an indian casino 

he sez it's one of those ocean's 11 thingies

Pechanga, Barona, Palomar, Golden Acorn, Sycuan, Viejas, Palo, Harrah's, Pauma, LaJolla, and Valley View all hit the Megabucks jackpot at exactly the same time and blew the fuking shit outa everything from san diego to vegas.  this explains why they don't want you using the land lines, either, since they are all tied up with the floor managers telling each other:  "Yeah!  We got one, too!" 

nobody's gonna make a piece of toast till they get this shit straightened out

trust me

tip e. canoe's picture

that was the best f'n laugh me had in a week, thanks mate.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Actually it could be this, which is supposed to have potentially bad consequences.

The frequency variation test...

 A yearlong experiment with America's electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers - and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffeemakers run up to 20 minutes fast.


"A lot of people are going to have things break and they're not going to know why," said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, one of two official timekeeping agencies in the federal government.

According to CBS News, "The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), runs the nation's interlocking web of transmission lines and power plants and they will be conducting the tests" [1, 3].  Will this company be liable for appliance replacement and other costs associated with these tests?


I think we are going to see major grid instability coming up.

Git ready, candle burning time.


Curse of Free Energy

slewie the pi-rat's picture (from seek @ 00:17, below)  [paste]

 APS employee triggers power outage affecting millions

APS says a procedure being carried out by one of its employees at the North Gila substation near Yuma, AZ tripped a major 500kv power transmission line which serves San Diego Gas & Electric, causing a mass-scale power outage.

2-5 million people are affected by the outage, which persists at this hour all the way from southern Orange County (including San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel) to the US-Mexico border, including the city of San Diego, and all the way from the California coast to Yuma, AZ.

Media outlets are reporting lines at gas stations, rushes on emergency supplies and traffic gridlock as people navigate tonight without street lights or traffic signals in one of the busiest metro areas in the country.

In addition to the SDG&E outage, the San Onofre nuclear reactors went into shutdown at 3:38pm, leading to further outages to the north, including some Southern California Edison customers.

People affected are being urged to activate their emergency plans, and are being advised that the outage could last into tomorrow.

krispkritter's picture

More like Dim Bulb... So lemme get this straight, some guy trips a breaker and puts up to 5 million people in the dark? Who's running that company? Congress?

caerus's picture

shawne merriman sez...LIGHTS OUT BITCHEZ!!!

Bananamerican's picture

it was a HAAMP, er HAARP harpooned a Blue Whale and humped it up on the towers, yeah..the TWIN towers...yeah, THAT'S the ticket baby!...

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Thanks for the kind words.

San Diegan here.  Power came back on around 1:00 am PST, near as I can tell.  I spent the early evening delivering candles and flashlights to friends who weren't prepared for such a "dire" emergency.

Missing NFL game sucked. 

Only caught part of the teleprompter's speech on the radio.....missing that didn't suck.

I had a friend whose 6 am flight was canceled by 7 pm last night.....shortage of planes.

We've had rolling blackouts in the past (thanks Enron and friends in the industry....also, thanks semi-regulation...what a clusterf*ck).  It's tough on the elderly, as this week has been unusually hot (mid 90's).

Life goes on.......How was Bachman's rebuttal?


Hedgetard55's picture

It's those space aliens NASA predicted would annihilate us cause we ain't green enough, bitchez.


Klaatu barata nikto, bitchez.


Ident 7777 economy's picture



Or, alternatively, earth-bound, garden-variety, ummm, eco-terrorists?


From the past (rather than the future) - prior grid attacks out west:

- Vandals or terrorists cut the 1,800-MW, 1,000-kV DC intertie line in California in 1987

- Environmental extremists were arrested in 1989 while cutting an Arizona transmission tower. The group was said to have been inspired by environmentalist Edward Abbey’s The Monkeywrench Gang about ecoterrorists

- The Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC) targeted electric system facilities in 1987–89 (Palo Verde
Nuclear Generating Station of Arizona towers)

- Bonneville Power Administration, Oct 31, 2003  

Attempts to sabotage BPA’s regional high voltage transmission lines in both Washington and Oregon, Transmission towers located near The Dalles, Maupin, Boardman and Umatilla, Oregon and Benton City, Washington. 

Major transmission lines owned and operated by other utilities were similarly sabotaged. These include PacifiCorp's transmission line near Klamath Falls, Oregon; Western Area Power Administration's  transmission line near Anderson, California, and a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission line just outside of Sacramento, California. 

Ident 7777 economy's picture




Effing pussy down-raters!


Stand up, make a post, and take it like a man!


Effing pussy!



Hedgetard55's picture


    if you are not getting junked you are not posting anything useful/truthful.


tickhound's picture

I'll agree w/ ure ass for twice...

If the down-rater didn't like that post, he hates the rest.

+1 for informative post.

-1 for most of the rest of the time

net 0

slewie the pi-rat's picture

slewie hearts edward abbey

great american writer!

Edward Abbey Quotes

tip e. canoe's picture

"How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it."

T1000's picture

Won't somebody please think of the children?!

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Having them or their future? Preferences: Former rather latter ...

T1000's picture

Let's start taking bets on how long before the looting begins - put me down for 12 midnight pacific time - USA! USA! USA!

goldfish1's picture

shut up you stupid twat

T1000's picture

Ok, mom.

Update: I over estimated by a good two hours - looters in Vista and in East County at 10:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Turn those machines back on!!

Mitch Comestein's picture

Northpark will be in flames by 1am.

Freddie's picture

Is that just north of Southpark?

New_Meat's picture

Arizona tie to Ariz. Public Service and Salt River Project.

Northern tie to Carlsbad/Irvine on the I-5.

Result of "optimizing" for perfect operation.

- Ned

Zgangsta's picture

Stay classy, San Diego.

Deepskyy's picture

ZOMGROFLBBQ HAARP caused it Bitchez.


papaswamp's picture

What the connection committed seppeku? Connections don't just sever themselves....well maybe

FaithEqualsZero's picture

Both lines are severed? Guess that just happens all the time. Damn Chinese transmission cables!

rampancy777's picture

yes i want to know what that means as well.

A Nanny Moose's picture

According to my wiring vendor, copper clad aluminium wiring is all the rave for dishonest wiring the network world anyway.

A nice side affect for Ben Dover is that it helps mask inflation. These are not the hedonics you are looking for. Keep on moving.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

May I suggest that San Diego Power might want to check out all the local copper scrap dealers tomorrow morning to retrieve their 20 miles of missing copper cable and a dozen transformers?


Scisco's picture

Come on CD. Anyone smart enough to know to and how to steal the copper will wait until after the twist to sell.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Anyone smart enough to trebuchet their brother-in-law onto the line to short it out, then cut the copper down, is just dumb enough to sell it now. :>)

(At least that's how I would have done it.)

Fire one

kaiserhoff's picture

Must have been a typo.  Surely you meant trebuchet your MOTHER-IN-LAW;)

virgule's picture

That's in "Les Baux de Provence", in southern France. Beautiful place.

Scisco's picture

I am sensing some unrequited anger here. 

P.S. no fair you fight with images!