Powerline feeding southern California severed

More than 6 Million people throughout Southern California are without power after a major transmission line was severed. Officials are declining to comment on what caused the line to be severed, but they are saying that it was not a terrorist attack.

Orange County, Coachella Valley, eastern San Diego, and parts of northern Mexico are all experiencing power outages. Police agencies in New York City and Washington were alerted to a major terrorist plot earlier today, but officials are denying that this has anything to do with that threat.


  • San Diego Airport completely shut down – All San Diego Flights grounded because of power outage.
  • Outages also effecting Arizona and Mexico
  • SDG&E say’s outage cause unclear, but “first time we’ve lost an entire system”
  • San Diego – 13 police stations without power
  • SDG&E  – two of the other main power supplies in the region are also down…. a transmission line from the north and one from the east

UPDATE: 8:10p.m. PST

  • Boil Water notice issued for parts of Southern California
  • Officials are asking people in the following water districts…. Fallbrook public, valley center municipal, Ramona municipal and Coronado to start conserving water so it doesn’t add extra stress to the system.
  • All San Diego County schools closed tomorrow.
  • California National Guard put on alert because of outage

UPDATE: 8:35p.m. PST

  • Maj. Thomas Keegan from the National Guard Headquarters Sacramento – “We alerted our forces of possible call-up — to put people on notice that there may be an activation — guard on heightened state of alert.”

UPDATE: 9:15p.m. PST

  • Blackout shuts down San Onofre nuclear reactors
  • Reports of looting coming in from all over Southern California. People coordinating looting on Social Media.

UPDATE: 10:40p.m. PST

  • San Diego Sheriff: “The county has declared a local emergency, so any looting is now considered a felony.”

UPDATE: 11:20p.m. PST

  • Pockets of power starting to come back in some areas of southern California but there are still millions without power….officials say that most areas will be out throughout the night and into tomorrow.




  1. Scott
    September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you for this breaking news. Although I feel for the people in this sweltering heat, This hopefully will be a wake up call for all that think that our everyday conveniences such as electricity will always be available.

    I suspect we can expect things like this happening more frequently in the future and people should learn from this and have some sort of backup plan for events like this.

    It is very easy to be prepared.

  2. Paul
    September 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    With all of the natural disasters that have been happening lately and the state of the economy, you would think this would nudge people more into self reliance.

  3. Urbivalist Dan
    September 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Wow. This one hits close to home. I moved from my downtown San Diego apartment less than 2 months ago.

    Just shows once again how quickly things can escalate.

    Thanks for the quick updates.

  4. JCW
    September 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    …Generators Will Be Out Of Stock Before We Know It…

  5. J Connor
    September 9, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Another reason to switch to alternative energy… do not rely on the grid. It’s too fragile overloaded and vulnerable to attack. Can’t believe backup power switchover was never tested. All basic business continuity procedures were ignored. This is why I don’t rely on the grid.

  6. Condor
    September 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Really, we don’t know how a severed cable braided with 5 cables was severed? Did someone go up the tower and cut the cable with blow torches? Did a tank fall on the cable? Severed with no reason of how? Something smells…

  7. JenRed
    September 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Shows how fragile our infrastructure has become because of our greed. Greed? Yes greed. Bigger is the motiviation that has driven our infrastructure to a point of easily breaking. We are ever seeking larger houses; swimming pools; electronics when the local theater could suffice. And then we seek out generators to keep all that stuff going when the grid goes down. So now here we go relying more and more on petroleum products cuz that is what runs most generators that keep our two year supply of fast foods and beef from thawing in our giant home freezers; keeps our TVs running etc…….. Yeah, how about small and simple – use that inflated cash to lift up the worth of all persons around you; pay off your debt and be more socially responsible…then our fragile grid may be able to support the ever growing population placing demands on it….

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