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California (US), Aug 15 (Canadian-Media): Rolling power outages were ordered Aug 14 by California for the first time since 2011 due to strain put on its electrical system by the statewide heat with temperatures around the state rose above 36 C in many areas, and air conditioning use soared, media reports said.
Rolling Power Outages. Image credit: Wikipedia
California Independent System Operator (California ISO), which manages the power grid declared an emergency after 6:30 p.m. local time and directed utilities around the state to shed their power loads causing about 200,000 to 250,000 customers in rotating outages turn off power for about an hour at a time.
California ISO. Image credit: Twitter handle
California ISO said the emergency declaration ended just before 10 p.m. and power had been restored statewide.
"Extreme heat is really the driver behind this," said Anne Gonzales, spokesperson for the power grid operator on Aug 15.
The heat wave is expected to last through next week and the power grid operator will decide whether to continue the rolling outages on a day-to-day basis, Gonzales said.
"We're dealing with weather, clouds, wildfires ... these are quickly evolving situations, quickly changing," Gonzales said.
The heat wave brought dangerously high temperatures, increased wildfire danger and fears of coronavirus spread as people flock to beaches and parks for relief.
Los Angeles, the Central Valley, Sierra Nevada foothills and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area would continue to see sweltering weather into Wednesday.
Mary Ellen Carroll, executive director of the Department of Emergency Management Carroll reminded people to always wear a face mask when in the vicinity of people who don't share their household.
Residents were also encouraged by Carroll to check on family, friends and neighbours, especially older adults and those in frail health, and
"We know it's going to be beautiful out this weekend but we just want everyone to remember that we are in a very serious response to this COVID-19 virus."