MarkDaSpark wrote:Power outage in Riverside & San Diego counties, parts of OC, Arizona, and parts of Mexico. Prayers for Nallie & Family, and the Madwineaux family for a quick resumption of power to the area.
"The power outage caused the San Onofre nuclear-power plant operated by Edison International's Southern California Edison utility to automatically shut down at about 3:38 p.m. local time, SoCal Edison spokesman Paul Klein said. He said the power plant's two units had enough off-site power to operate the plant's safety systems, but he declined to provide details."
Huh? Let's shut down a power plant so there's even less power for everyone. Yes, I know that they probably had to do something to prevent something else, but really?
Yeah, I'm behind. Again.
Partially because of this power outage. I was in SD for a business trip. Originally due to leave Thursday night, but rescheduled to leave Friday morning to attend a dinner with the gang.
Outage hits, causing chaos. Dinner doesn't happen, because of the power outage. Hotel cooks up their perishable food for the guests, and shows Spiderman in the lobby. Also hands out flashlights to the guests: the generator powers lights in the halls, but not in the rooms. Estimate is that the power will be out until Friday afternoon. I can't call out on the cell or the desk phone; all circuits jammed. I text a friend to change my flight out on Friday to leave LAX rather than SAN, and go to bed. Power comes back on around 10:45 that night, so I get up, close the window, and plug in everything to charge up, and go back to sleep. I don't bother changing flight, though; I figure I'm tired of changing the travel plans. Next morning I drive the rental to LAX (and when I pass John Wayne, I kick myself for not booking to fly out of there). Find out later that the San Diego Airport did get power at 3:30am Friday, but the computers never came back up, so all checkins were using paper, which created chaos, and I was glad to miss that.
Passed the San Onofre plant on the drive up. The real problem is that once the grid collapses, you need to disconnect all generators from the grid, because no one generator can power the entire grid by itself, and it will damage itself trying. So, San Omofre had no load, and had to scram. Bringing back up the grid is a gradual process: balkanize the grid, connect generators to small parts of grid that they can handle, connect other parts of grid to powered grids, rinse and repeat, interconnect islands.