It was just supposed to be a localized outage while a utility company was switching out a piece of faulty equipment. Somehow, things got more problematic than that. Thanks to a utility company error, five million people in the Southwest are without power, including most of the spider-infested city of San Diego. The blackout covers portions of California, Arizona, and Mexico, which is very hot this time of year (and by this time of year, I mean all the time).
“This was not a deliberate act. The employee was just switching out a piece of equipment that was problematic,” said Dan Froetscher, a vice president with Arizona Public Service, the company responsible for the piece of malfunctioning equipment.
The company is currently investigating why the power outage stretched so far; the company says it should have been local to Yuma, Arizona. Unfortunately for them, that was not the case. As for what caused the equipment to be faulty? I blame possums. Possums love to turn cities dark. Customers will be without power until later today, when hopefully everything comes back online. If they don’t, I suggest you start cooking your frozen goods now.
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