Much of California, Arizona and Mexico is in the dark right now due to a massive power outage. There's no word on the cause yet, but officials say that the lights may not be back on until Friday.

A California nuclear plant has been shut down as a precaution, and the cities of Phoenix Yuma and San Diego are, essentially, a giant mess. While we don't know what caused this yet (weather and a downed line are both being put forward as possibilities) that an outage could affect such a large area is yet another argument that our nation's grid is in serious need of improvement.


Good luck, folks! I hope your lights come back on soon! [L.A. Times and Arizona Star and AZ Central]

Photo: Per Ola Wiberg

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