California makes it through another day of heat without rolling blackouts

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – The California Independent System Operator, which operates the state power grid, declared a Stage 2 Emergency on Wednesday, but declared early yesterday that no forced outages would be necessary that day.

A Stage 3 Emergency initiates rotating power outages, according to the California ISO.

For the Flex Alert, which began one hour early Wednesday, scheduled from 2pm to 9pm, residents were asked to use air conditioning early and set thermostats to 78 in the afternoon and evening hours while using large devices between the hours of 3 and 10 p.m.

Officials are also urging companies nationwide to limit their use. In some cases, the state asks business owners to outreach to their customers about energy savings.

On Monday, Govin Newsom warned Californians to be ready for more rolling blackouts in the next 72 hours – what he called “most likely” – as the state struggled to meet demand for electricity during a historic, record-breaking heat weach.

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Meanwhile, too much heat warning – which has been extended since it was first issued last week – will be in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, San Gabriel and Antelope valleys, as well as the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains. The National Water Service said conditions in those areas would be ‘dangerously hot’. ” In the interior of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains, the warning was in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday.

A less serious heat advice was in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday in the coastal area of ​​Los Angeles – beach towns, downtown Los Angeles, downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills.


Thousands of Angelenos went without power on Tuesday night, with many without power on Wednesday morning.

As of Wednesday, about 4,700 Los Angeles Department of Water & Power customers were without power in West Hills and Studio City due to a strain on the utility’s distribution system caused by the heat wave.

The LA outages were caused by excessive demand and voltage on the system, and were unrelated to Cal ISO’s decision to impose rolling blackouts.

At the station’s stop Tuesday night, at least 12,000 customers were without power, according to DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo.

“Extreme demand for heat and electricity has caused disruptions in parts of Los Angeles, which are currently affecting some LADWP customers,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter Tuesday night. Crews work hard to restore power as soon as possible. ”

LADWP said power for some customers may not be restored until Wednesday afternoon. As of 4 p.m., 4,813 customers were without power, mostly in the Sun Valley, West Hills, Elysian Valley and Echo Park areas. Minor outages were reported in Canoga Park, Panorama City, Arleta, Tujunga, Beverly Grove, Westlake and Mid-City affecting 160 or fewer customers

Repair personnel took advantage of cooler temperatures overnight to make progress in restoring power to affected customers and teams will work around the clock to get customers back online, Ramallo said.


The worst day of the lingering heat wave – the result of high pressure over Nevada – was Tuesday, when heights reached 113 in Northridge, 112 in Van Nuys, 110 in Chatsworth, 109 near Acton and Pasadena, 108 in Saugus, 107 in Lancaster and 105 in Palmdale.

Daily records were set in Woodland Hills, where the 112-degree high broke the previous record of 109 for August 18, 1992; at Hollywood Burbank Airport, where the 109-degree broke the previous record of 100 sets in 1986; at Long Beach Airport, where the 100-degree was one degree higher than the previous record set in 1986; and UCLA, where the 97-degree broke the previous record of 90 sets in 1986.

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In Orange County, bills were set for August 18 in Anaheim at 105 degrees, breaking the old record of 101 in 1992, and Santa Ana at 106 degrees, and breaking the old record of 95 in 2010, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters warned that excessive heat and an increased risk of wildfires would last at least until Thursday.

“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, especially for those who work or participate in outdoor activities,” ‘according to the weather service. Take extra precautions when working outside or spending time. activities until morning or evening. ”

The heatwave is the fourth to attack the region this summer and also the longest and fullest. It is caused by a strong edge of high pressure anchored across Nevada, forecasters said.

The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.

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