California orders rolling blackouts for up to 250,000 homes and businesses as the heatwave hits the state with temperatures of 112 degrees and crowds of people on the beaches
- Rolling power outages could affect up to 250,000 homes and businesses in the state
- Such a power failure has not been implemented since 2001, when a massive power crisis broke out
- Temperatures in the San Joaquin Valley will reach 112 degrees and Los Angeles will likely reach 96 degrees
- While residents stay indoors because of the pandemic, Californians are using more air conditioning in their homes
California utilities are conducting a massive blackout across the state that could affect around 250,000 homes and businesses to help curb power shortages as more people stay at home during the pandemic.
Grid managers last carried out such a blackout in 2001, when the state was suffering from a power crisis. Late on Friday, the California independent system operator declared a level 3 emergency, according to Bloomberg.
Residents of the state still went to the beach on Friday enjoying the blazing heat.
California utilities are experiencing a massive blackout across the state that could affect around 250,000 homes and businesses as excessive heat warnings are issued in most regions
The power outage was underway on Friday as most of the state received a level 3 emergency
People and animals enjoyed the heat wave at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach on Friday
This is due to the fact that during the pandemic, residents are forced to spend more time at home and use their air conditioners more often.
Blazing temperatures of 112 degrees Fahrenheit were forecast for the San Joaquin Valley. Los Angeles should reach 96 degrees.
On Friday evening, Pacific Gas and Electric Co announced that they would turn off power to up to 250,000 households across the state in an hour of rotation.
PG&E was unable to notify customers due to the level 3 emergency before power was interrupted.
Various reports say that around 13,000 homes in Bakersfield north of LA were unplugged after 6 p.m.
Tens of thousands of homes in Northern California were also disconnected from the utility giant. Power outages occurred in Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Sonoma counties.
Meanwhile, Edison of Southern California announced that power had been cut to homes in Anaheim, near Los Angeles, but promised the outages would not last more than 15 minutes.
At around 9 p.m., the level 3 emergency was lifted and electricity was restored to most homes.
However, more forced shutdowns could come over the weekend and into the next week as the state is still sizzling.
The National Weather Service says oppressive conditions will persist for the next week, with the heat wave rivaling the deadly seven-day heat event in 2006, which saw LA hit its highest ever temperature of 119 degrees.
The San Joaquin Valley will have scorching temperatures of 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Los Angeles is expected to reach 96 degrees
While San Diego saw clear skies, some areas of California experienced high clouds from Tropical Storm Elida, causing their solar panels to crimp
In the San Diego and South Orange counties, Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric utility said one-hour rotating barriers will be "widespread" throughout its area.
"The California ISO is working closely with California utilities and neighboring power systems to manage the load on the grid and restore the grid to full capacity," said a statement Friday.
Solar generators for the state will also be affected as the cloud cover from Tropical Storm Elida is expected to limit performance.
The National Weather Service forecast an extensive heat wave starting this weekend and lasting until the end of next week
A couple paddle boats during a heat wave amid the coronavirus disease outbreak at Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles