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Black Thursday: Power Comes Back Slowly

As night fell in San Diego County, millions of residents had been left inside the dark, wondering when power would return after a failure inside the technique developed a cascade effect, knocking electricity out all of the way to Orange County and down into Mexio.

A glimmer of hope came in the darkness when San Diego Gas & Electric officials announced power was slowly returning, with some customers’ service restored Thursday night. They said they hoped the majority of county resident would be back up by Friday afternoon. Inside the interim, they urged everyone to turn off whatever appliances they could so the method would not be overtaxed when energy came back online.

By 8 p.m., officials were reporting that energy had been restored to parts of Oceanside, Eastlake and the Chula Vista community of Bonita.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sander held a media conference at 8 p.m., saying that as a precautionary measure prompted by problem with water pumps, city residents living within the communities of Otay Mesa, Scripps Ranch, La Jolla, Mount Soledad, Tierresanta and Scripps Ranch were under a mandatory boil-water order.

Officials said late within the day that no serious injuries had been attributed to the outage.
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