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Power outage mires traffic in at least 6 Orange County communities

September 8, 2011 |  5:41 pm

Click here for more photos of the blackout.At least half a dozen communities in south Orange County were without power Thursday afternoon as stores and homes went dark and traffic signals stopped working, officials said.

About 2,000 people in Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo were without power as the massive outage struck communities from Arizona to Southern California, officials said.

The outage also affected San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Hills. All the affected Orange County areas are served by Southern California Edison.

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Rush-hour commuters were struggling with massive traffic problems because many signals were not working, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.

There were also reports of widespread outages in the Palm Springs area. Southern California Edison said it was trying to determine how many customers were affected in Palm Springs and other parts of eastern Riverside County.


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Photo: Traffic on Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo is gridlocked at rush hour after the massive power outage left most of south Orange County without electricity, shutting down all of the traffic signals. Credit: Los Angeles Times