Day: September 7, 2020

All-time record heat across Southern California fuels fires, threatens power supply

A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of the Labor Day weekend's historic heat wave. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of the Labor Day weekend’s historic heat wave. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

An epic Southern California heat wave crested Sunday with numerous all-time high temperature records set, including a 121-degree reading in Woodland Hills that marked a historic milestone for Los Angeles County.

The broiling temperatures put extreme pressure on the power grid, with malfunctions leaving thousands without power and officials warning that rolling blackouts could affect millions of customers.

It also fueled a series of fast-moving brush fires across the region, including one in Angeles National Forest near Duarte that broke out Sunday afternoon and forced Labor Day weekend visitors to flee.

In San Bernardino County, the El Dorado fire near Yucaipa had burned more than 3,000 acres and forced evacuations in some communities. To the south in San Diego County, the Valley fire in the

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Amid COVID-19 travel restrictions, these UK-based Aussie mums are organising their own flight to bring their babies to Australia

Australian Hannah McLean says going into labour during the coronavirus lockdown in the United Kingdom had its advantages.

Her son Callan arrived so quickly he had to be delivered by paramedics in her London home on the Easter weekend.

“They came very quickly because there was no traffic on the road,” she told the ABC.

“I got in the bath and 10 minutes later we had a baby.”

But she soon discovered the downsides of the restrictions. The lockdown meant she could not see friends or family.

Worse still, her parents could not travel from Australia to meet their grandchild.

“I was thrown into depths of anxiety,” she said.

“What kind of world was I was bringing my baby into?”

As COVID-19 was taking hold around the globe, the Federal Government warned Australian travellers they should return home while airlines were still operating regular services.

But for Ms McLean, that

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All-time record heat across South California fuels fires, threatens power supply

A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of this Labor Day weekend's historic heatwave. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of this Labor Day weekend’s historic heatwave. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

An epic Southern California heat wave crested Sunday with numerous all-time high temperature records set, including a 121-degree reading in Woodland Hills that marked a historic milestone for Los Angeles County.

The broiling temperatures put extreme pressure on the power grid, with malfunctions leaving thousands without power and officials warning that rolling blackouts that could affect millions of customers.

It also fueled a series of fast-moving brush fires across the region, including one in Angeles National Forest near Duarte that broke out Sunday afternoon and forced Labor Day weekend visitors to flee.

Another big fire near Yucaipa had burned more than 3,000 acres and forced evacuations in some communities. To the south in San Diego County, the Valley fire in the rural back country had burned 5,300 acres

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Southern California endures more record-breaking heat and officials warn of possible rolling blackouts

A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of this Labor Day weekend's historic heatwave. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of this Labor Day weekend’s historic heatwave. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

As California endured another day of record-breaking heat Sunday, officials warned that it in order to conserve energy it might be necessary to impose rolling blackouts across the region that could affect millions of customers.

Blackouts could take place during peak evening hours, 5 to 9 p.m., according to the California Independent System Operator, which runs the power grid for much of the state.

That could force utilities to cut off power to 2.5 million to 3 million customers statewide, Eric Schmitt, vice president of operations for California ISO, said Sunday at a news briefing.

The ISO was urging consumers to conserve energy, particularly during the peak demand time of 3 to 6 p.m.

“I think it’s fair to say that without really significant conservation and help from

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