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Video: Outage cuts Electricity to More than 5 million people in U.S. and Mexico without Power

Video: Outage cuts Electricity to More than 5 million people in U.S. and Mexico without Power

UPDATE: More than 5 million people are without power.

More than two million people in California, Arizona and Mexico are without power after a major outage occurred Thursday afternoon between Arizona and California.

Mike Niggli, chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ruled out terrorism, but said the cause is unclear.

“To my knowledge this is the first time we’ve lost an entire system,” he said at a news conference.

Niggli said relief was on its way, slowly. He said his 1.4 million customers may be without power until Friday.

He said the utility lost power due to a transmission failure that started at a large switching station in Arizona, where several high-voltage lines come together, although the cause has not been determined, according to the Associated Press.

Both Sea World and Legoland reported that visitors had to be rescued from rides, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Across San Diego, businesses are closed, traffic is snarled and the trolley system is down. San Diego International Airport was operating on backup generators.

Sheriff’s officials told Fox 5 San Diego that many of its substations were without power. Utility officials were trying to figure out what caused the outage.

“I suspect the system was overwhelmed by too many outages in too many places,” Niggli said.

Below is footage from a press conference held earlier Thursday afternoon:

Based on reporting from the Associated Press, LA Times NBC News and San Diego Union-Tribune

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