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Cecil Scaglione, Editor

Bloggin’ Blackout

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While the eastern portion of the country is sinking under never-ending rain and Texas is a big burning bush, it seems petty and poutish to even talk about the electrical-power disruption that blacked out about 5 million people in San Diego County and portions of Mexico, Orange County, and Arizona around Yuma (where the cascade began). Everything stopped shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Rumors and speculation began immediately from people passing by. Power lines were cut, the work of terrorists, Southern California and parts of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Mexico  all down. Reports were difficult to get  because we discovered not many folks in the neighborhood have battery-operated radios. A lesson. Another lesson: our cell phones were not working. Our land line was our only link with the outside. We called the company that monitors our security alarm system and asked them if they had any information. We were told the two major power lines into this region had been cut and power would be resumed tomorrow morning at the earliest. Called Mike and exchanged information. Heather and Bev played phone tag a bit because of heavy traffic. Heather finally got through, Bev called her back and everyone got connected. So we hauled out candles and flashlights and Bev made tuna salad for dinner and I opened a bottle of wine and we sat out front in the balmy full-moon night and chatted with neighbors Dave and Keri for a couple of hours before toddlin’ off to bed.  It was rather pleasant. Real quiet. Few cars on the street. People out walking because there  was little else to do.  No planes in the sky because the airports were shut down.  The power resumed sometime during the night. Bev said it was about 2 a.m. When I got up at 6:30, both the Wall Street Journal and SD U-T were out in the front yard.

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Written by Cecil Scaglione

September 9, 2011 at 6:50 am

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