I have something coming up that is on my mind. I found out today that the procedure that I am supposed to have September 13th got switched to tomorrow. Tomorrow. I haven’t felt inclined to talk about it yet. I made a decision to wait to find out the results of this test first before discussing it with someone I am close to. But – tomorrow?
Hoping for a good distraction, I felt compelled to turn on the TV. And as I did so, I saw that the freeways south of me were at a stand still due to a power blackout in Southern California, Palm Springs, western Arizona and Mexico, affecting millions of people. It has been incredibly hot for days on end. So now there is no air conditioning – no refrigerators – gasoline pumps down.
I thought of my son and his girlfriend in Orange County. They live about an hour south of me. Then I thought of one of my dearest childhood friends and her family in San Diego. But my first phone call was to my 83-year-old father who lives by himself in Arizona. I listened to his phone ring and ring and ring. My stomach did one of those bad flip-flops. It was 105 degrees there today. On the news it was not mentioned just where this blackout started and ended. . . Finally. He answered. I felt my body reacting – so full of anxiety. I felt kinda scared. He was fine and he didn’t even know about the blackout. And just as I knew he would tell me, he reminded me he always has a flashlight next to his bed and in every room of the house.
Next call was to Son in Orange County, CA. He too was fine and he believed the blackout must have started just south of him. I felt my body reacting – so full of anxiety. I still felt scared. He repeated he was fine, he and his girlfriend had pizza warming in the oven and he reminded me he always has a flashlight next to his bed and in every room of the house.
Time for my last call to my best friend since childhood. That type of best friend where we were bridesmaids in each others weddings long ago. She and her family live in San Diego. I left her a voice mail message followed by a text message. I still had those bad butterflies wreaking havoc in my gut. I waited as I tried not to think about the fact that I was waiting. . . I was clear on my intention, I was calling to see if she was a part of this blackout. My emotions too close to the surface. Wanting to know how she was doing. Wanting to talk to her about my procedure tomorrow. I did not care for the feelings my emotional and weak body were tossing my way. . . There it was, that familiar “beep beep beep” of her return text message:
“No electricity. Missing first NFL game of the season, playing gin for the last couple hours by candle light, listening to radio.”
The news reporter on TV said that by approximately 9:30pm, 50 car accidents had been reported in Southern California.
Below is a copy of an article stating what happened today around 3:45pm:
(CNN) — Authorities worked Thursday to restore power after a blackout in parts of southern California, Arizona and Mexico on Thursday affected more than 5 million customers and caused widespread traffic jams.
San Diego Gas & Electric said all of its customers were without power.
The cause of the outage was a power line break on a feeder line in Arizona, said San Diego Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown. The department was working on generator power, 911 calls were being answered and officers from the day shift and traffic units were kept on overtime to respond to the power outage, she said.
The power line break “caused our line from AZ and from the north of our region to both trip off,” the utility posted on its Twitter account.
“Think of the system as linked by springs, when one part goes out the rest are affected,” another Twitter post from the utility said.
Power outages in California stretched Thursday from San Clemente to the state’s border with Mexico, a San Diego County spokesman told CNN.
“We don’t have an estimated restoration time,” SDG&E said on its website. “The power could be out through the night and into tomorrow.”
In Arizona, about 56,000 customers in Yuma lost power, Arizona Power and Supply said.
Parts of Mexico’s Baja California and Sonora states were also without power, Mexican authorities said.
At the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Clemente, California, units “tripped from grid disturbance” but have offsite power and were in normal shutdown mode, said Eliot Brenner, director of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Public Affairs.
The Civil Protection Department in Baja California said authorities there were working to fix a problem at a hydroelectric plant.
Luis Enrique Cordova, emergency director in Sonora state, said power was also out in the city of San Luis Rio Colorado.
San Diego County had activated its emergency operations center as officials tried to learn more about the blackout, county spokesman Michael Workman said.
Linzi Berkowitz in Carlsbad, California, said the widespread power outage wreaked havoc during rush hour. The whole city is a mess and hopefully it doesn’t get worse,” she told CNN iReport.
Power went out about 3:45 p.m. in San Diego, said Joe Pettigrew, who said he was trapped on the 10th floor of an office building. “We don’t have air conditioning and the windows don’t open,” he said, noting that it was about 80 degrees outside.
Rebecca Bloomfield of the San Diego airport authority said the airport was letting only inbound flights land. Outbound flights and security screening were halted due to the power outage.
CNN’s Alta Spells, Greg Morrison and Tina Burnside and CNNMexico.com contributed to this report.
I was thinking that all could be just fine by tomorrow for everyone involved. As for now – the best I can do for my friends and family, and mostly myself, is to get a good nights sleep. I must admit, I am feeling quite weary.