On Saturday evening, approximately 14,000 customers of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) lost power in the south Sacramento region on what was the hottest day of the year thus far.
Several consumers across the neighborhood who are lacking access to energy as a result of the outage are facing difficulties amid severe weather conditions.
The outage is said to have started around 6:50 p.m. The majority of the impacted consumers were gathered close to Sacramento Executive Airport, according to the energy company’s online outage map. According to SMUD, the power is expected to be fully restored by 7:55 p.m.
Sacramento Sheriff also shared the information regarding the power outage in the neighborhood in a tweet. The tweet read, “@SMUDUpdates is reporting major power outages in South Sacramento. Please stay safe and utilize any one of these cooling centers if needed (please verify hours before going):
*1725 28th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
*5747 Watt Avenue, North Highlands, CA 95660
*2450 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95822
*2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova City Hall”
The reason for the outage is still not known. As per media reports, the outage was unplanned.
Sacramento experienced record-high temperatures on Saturday as part of the first severe heat wave of the year. After a very wet winter in Northern California, the summer season began reasonably coolly. The abrupt temperature increase has affected the area and highlighted the transition from a cooler time to a sweltering hot weather pattern, increasing the intensity of the heat wave.
The power outage in the area has made the situation in the neighborhood much worse, as people have already been suffering from a severe heat wave. The lack of electricity has left people without access to basic conveniences like fans, air conditioning, and fridge, which has made the discomfort and potential health hazards brought on by the excessive heat even worse.