As temperatures in Laguna Beach, Calif., hit 91 degrees on Labor Day, Sept. 5, residents reported power outages affecting thousands of homes in the city during the day’s peak heat. .
Just the day before, the temperature soared to 106 degrees at 11 a.m.
The power outage was initially reported on Monday, September 5, shortly after 1 p.m., when more than 4,200 homes were affected. Personnel from Southern California Edison, the city’s main utility, responded immediately to investigate and fix the problems.
As of 3 p.m., 3,432 homes still had no electricity and as of 4:20 p.m., only 15 homes were still affected.
Edison spokeswoman Gabriela Ornelas told The Epoch Times that the utility company was able to complete all repairs by 6:50 p.m. the same day.
She was unable to comment on the cause of the outage, saying the issue is still under investigation, which may take time. She also said there have been “lots of heat-related outages” recently, but the utility cannot yet confirm that this case was also caused by high temperatures.
City of Laguna Beach officials advised seniors, young children and others at risk of heat-related illnesses to seek a cool place to stay until power is restored.
Four local “Zone Cooling Centers” have been set up at the Newport Beach OASIS Library Rec Room, Laguna Niguel Community Center, Great Parks Visitor Center and Lakeview Senior Center.
California authorities declared a power grid emergency on Labor Day as temperatures soared into triple digits across the state.
A statewide Flex Alert — an initiative by electric operators to request voluntary energy conservation to reduce the risk of unplanned outages in extreme heat — was issued Aug. 31 and has been extended. until Tuesday, September 6 by the California Independent System Operator, a public nonprofit company that operates the state’s electrical grid.
“Over the past few days we have seen a positive impact on lower demand thanks to everyone’s help, but now we need a reduction in energy consumption two or three times what we have seen so far as this historic heat wave continues to intensify,” Elliot Mainzer, the operator’s president and CEO, said in a Sept. 5 statement.
Mainzer also warned that the possibility of future rotating failures has increased “significantly”.
During Flex Alerts, consumers are urged to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, health permitting, avoid using major appliances or unnecessary lights, unplug unused items, and use fans for cooling.
City of Laguna Beach officials declined to comment on the incident.