SDG&E cut power to big areas of San Diego County and southern Orange County on Friday night to cope with a surge in electrical energy need brought on by the start of a heat wave that will last well into next week.The rolling blackouts started at 6:40 p.m. and ended shortly after 8 p.m., SDG&E stated. CAL-ISO “directed SDG&E to start turning, one-hour service interruptions (rotating failures) through its service area in San Diego and southern Orange counties,” the energy said.
The very first set of interruptions hit at around 6:40 p.m. and impacted 28,000 customers, according to Helen Gao, an SDG&E representative.
Through roughly 7:40 p.m, the affected communities consisted of parts of Escondido, Carmel Valley, Mission Valley, Sorrento, Ocean Beach, Torrey Pines, El Cajon, Solana Beach, Kearny Mesa, Lake Murray, Tierrasanta, and Scripps Ranch. Power also was out in parts of Dana Point and San Clemente in southern Orange County.
SDG&E stated power was brought back to the very first block of clients at approximately the exact same time.The utility initiated a 2nd round of blackouts at around 7:45 p.m. The outages happened on a day when daytime temperatures varied from the 80s at the coast to 120 degrees at Borrego Springs. The National Weather System states that the county will be uncommonly warm on Friday night and that the heat wave will continue on Saturday.
CAl-ISO said the heat wave in California plus record heat in the Southwest combined to worry the grid. CAL-ISO spokesperson Anne Gonzales stated it didnt appear likely that more rolling interruptions would be required on Saturday.The power scarcity is being driven by what authorities say is among the worst statewide heat waves in years, The broiling conditions that began Friday in California might equal the deadly seven-day heat event of July 2006, the National Weather Service said.