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Massive outage blacks out part of California

September 8, 2011 |  4:41 pm

Click here for more photos of the blackout. San Diego utility officials said they are trying to figure out what caused a massive power outage affecting large parts of region.

"We understand power is out, we are working on the cause and solution. We do not have a restoration time yet," San Diego Gas and Electric said in a statement on its Twitter feed.

Across San Diego, businesses are closed, traffic is snarled and the trolley system is down. San Diego International Airport was on backup generators.

PHOTOS: Blackout leaves 1.4 million without power

There were reports that power was also out in southern Orange County, Imperial County, Tijuana, Arizona and Palm Springs.

The city of San Diego has set up its emergency operations center.

Sheriff's officials told Fox 5 San Diego that many of its substations were without power. Utility officials are trying to figure out what cause the outage.


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Photo: Librarian Nicole Orth uses a flashlight to help Kevin Mitchell find a book at the San Juan Capistrano Library in southern Orange County. The library closed about 30 minutes after the blackout for safety reasons. Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times