Skip to comments.Massive power outage hits San Diego
Posted on 09/08/2011 4:50:52 PM PDT by dragnet2Edited on 09/08/2011 4:55:11 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
A large swath of San Diego County was without power Thursday afternoon as officials investigated the cause of the outage.
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They don’t know what really happened at that plant yet...
Only that the Power is out in
San Diego County
Parts of Orange Co.
I will keep you posted when they report on it...
People are tweeting where can they get water, ice, food
I know, right? I wonder how he would feel about sitting in the dark after hearing about terror threats.
“The San Diego border along Mexico is still open, as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are running on back up power.”
Until they run out of fuel for the generators or somebody disables them, too, and then it’ll be a free-for-all. In which case, you may need to revise your numbers up a bit.
I believe that this outage affects the border checkpoints.
What say AQ is bringing the bomb though San Diego as we speak.
The power plant went off line as a safety measure. The plant takes itself off line to protect the plant from any damage.
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Thanks Tara. Nice to have a ‘front line’ reporter here. :-)
Remember that one? LOL! Thanks!
Severed doesn’t mean the lines have been physically cut. It means service has been interrupted. They still don’t know why.
Definitely a Top Ten episode!
SDGE is reporting they have repaired one of the Transmission Lines and some power should slowly be restored
no ETA yet....
While everyone is running around trying to figure out what happened,
That is very frightening!
I wonder if we’ll ever know if this was a purposeful act of sabatoge. The terror alerts tonight are creeping me out.
500 KV Line has been restored..
No Power in CA yet.....
What with Sept 11 & the car bomb alert etc
Don’t AQ and other radical islamic terrorists know that our president won the Nobel Peace Prize? Doesn’t that mean anything to them?
This sounds like a plot of a NCIS show (rerun) I saw a few days ago - terrorists planed to take out three key transmission towers somewhere on the east coast. Three towers down would cascade and cause power outages throughout the entire east coast. Of course Gibbs and crew riddled the terrorist with bullets before he could trigger the bomb to the first tower!
Cut, sever, does not matter. They point is they don’t know how or why but they KNOW it’s not terrorism.
Gridlock in downtown San Diego..
Supermarkets closed...Cops worrying about no Power after it gets dark....
The FBI said the power outage is not related to the terror threat.
...San Diego Gas & Electric crews are trying to determine the cause of the outage,... SDG&E representatives say they are looking into the issue and currently do not know what caused the outages.
So which is it? If SG&E has no idea what caused it, how can the FBI already be ruling out terrorism as a cause?
What am I missing?
That is not pretty.
How well behaved is San Diego's indigenous "urban shopping" population?
“Supermarkets closed...Cops worrying about no Power after it gets dark....”
The terror threat was for NYC/DC, and this event is unscripted.
“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.
The mayor’s office is asking people to stay off roads and do not use land line phones. He will be holding a press conference at 8 p.m. to discuss the situation.
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.”
If the lights go out in you home generally there is three reset attempts unless it is the transformer fuse etc out on the pole. Third time is the line is still in trouble it goes dead until cleared.
This one sounds like a domino effect failure where the switching stations could not keep up and contain it to one area. IOW the more transmission lines which are lost the higher the demand on working ones causing more failures. In ideal conditions things usually don't go that far. But it happens from time to time.
Be cause that is what those incompetent clowns do EVERY SINGLE TIME(remember Ft. Hood wasn't terrorism). One of the many reasons we should no longer trust our government.
Parts of San Diego are rough..Gang bangers and druggies
Don’t mean to sound racist, but when the reporter was talking on T.V from one of the downtown streets in SD..2 Black guys kept shouting and getting in the way of the camera, so the reporter said..he was going off for a few minutes to get away from the rudeness of those 2 guys....
Just as a side note:
Severed doesnt mean the lines have been physically cut. It means service has been interrupted. They still dont know why.
They said that “severed doesn’t mean lines have been physically cut” or you’re figuring that’s what they mean?
The only reason for that in Bako is 12ga
Ma Bell has her own power supply. Phones work off 48 volts DC suppied by batteries and if power fails they have generators to charge the batteries. Better yet if he wants them too stay off land lines then cell lines would apply as well because cells must also use land lines. Cell towers also have their own back up power.
Power is not the issue, it is infrastructure: phone networks are not designed to be used at high usage rates (not too many people on at the same time), and that is the issue.
More than 2 million on both sides of the US-Mexico border without power - AP
That is not trivial.
“How well behaved is San Diego’s indigenous “urban shopping” population?”
I think they are all for redistribution of the wealth on their terms. They call it “social justice”.
That was my first guess...not a cut power line though, just a switch turned off.
As elpinta said, the problem isn’t the power supply (even the generators will only last around 24 hours though), it’s the fact that the system can’t handle that kind of load all at once. If everyone crowds the circuits at once, it WILL crash the entire system and that includes 911 systems as well. I know this because of the 10+ years I’ve worked for Verizon and now Frontier as a Outside Plant Engineer.
I would guess over two thirds of the population only has cordless phones in their home and roughly about a third up too a half of the population in the city actually uses Cable TV phone service. IOW they can't talk right now anyway. No Power? No Cable. With a Ma Bell land line you will have service with cable you won't. With cells? Possibly either way.
The cell phones would put far more stress on infrastructure than land lines. Cells can not function without Ma Bells Land Lines. That's why his statement makes no sense.
Here in the Ozarks we went without power in the dead of winter for 3 weeks after a major ice storm. How’s that for you?
And isn’t Kalifornia trying to set Second Amendment restrictions?? Need guns just for this purpose — the lights go out and the gangs and druggies go wild — and THEY have the weapons, law or no law.
Post #140 Clarifies my point.
You win. :-)
Wow! That is major.
I have a grandson in SD. He lives on his boat. I hope he is OK.
“California will have 378,426 new residents by dawn.”
Only if they move to Mississippi by dawn.
You affected by this? and if you are, it would be hard for you to reply, I guess. haha.
69-73 degrees in the day and 62-65 degrees at night.
Hope they make it.
And if they arrest someone named Mohammed who cut the lines while screaming “Allahu akbar,” they’ll assure us that it had nothing to do with Islam. He’ll be “a loner with psychological problems.”
Arizona must be pissed off at the 9th Circuit.