Power Outage in Riverside, CA

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Riverside Power Outages Caused by Weather


August 24, 2022 - Thunderstorm Wind

Power poles were knocked down and hanging by the wires along SR-177 near Desert Center. Winds were estimated to be 55-60 mph. No injuries were reported.

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August 24, 2022 - Flash Flood

Interstate-10, a major throughway between Phoenix, AZ and Southern California, had a section of the two eastbound (EB) lanes fully washed out due to flash flooding. Video during the washout appear to show the drainage pipes under the road were overcome and compromised by the magnitude of floodwaters. Radar rainfall estimates in this area were around 2-3 inches, with much of the rain falling in less than 2 hours. The washout occurred a few miles east of State Route 177/Desert Center. Caltrans closed I-10 EB due to the washout. I-10 westbound (WB) was also closed briefly due to an overturned semi-truck and SR-177 had already been closed, due to its own separate flooding impacts and downed power lines, by the time of the I-10 washout. This caused major traffic delays and detours through Eastern Riverside County. One EB detour lane was opened around 0700PST on August 25th after emergency construction and the second EB detour lane was not opened until 2300PST August 27th. Timing of flooding impacts based on radar. No injuries were reported from this event.

Desert Center Arpt - Desert Center Arpt
August 24, 2022 - Flash Flood

Caltrans closed SR-177 in both directions between I-10 and SR-62 due to flooding in multiple locations. Power lines were also down along SR-177. SR-177 was reopened around 0800PST, August 25th. Timing of flooding impacts based on radar. No injuries were reported.

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June 22, 2022 - Lightning

Reports of power outage in Palm Springs and tree fire from lightning strike. Report from social media.

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August 30, 2021 - Thunderstorm Wind

A local newspaper reported that the Imperial Irrigation District estimated that approximately 33 power poles had been destroyed in the North Shore area as a result of thunderstorm wind gusts upwards of 60 mph. Photos showed numerous wooden power poles snapped in this area. Residents in this area were without power for several days. Timing and magnitude of winds were estimated using radar and nearby wind observations. No injuries were reported.

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August 30, 2021

An upper level low sitting off the coast of the northern Baja Peninsula promoted diffluent flow over southeast California. The moist, unstable environment combined with adequate forcing mechanisms allowed for strong to severe thunderstorms to develop. High DCAPE values across the region helped enhance the threat for damaging winds resulting from downbursts. Thunderstorms initially developed in southwest Arizona before producing a westward moving outflow boundary. Several observations recorded gusts around 50 mph as the outflow moved westward across eastern Riverside County with several reports of blowing dust reducing visibilities along I-10. Additional thunderstorm development occurred along the boundary, producing strong to marginally severe thunderstorms which resulted in a tractor trailer being blown over on I-10 and numerous power poles being blown down in the North Shore area. No injuries were reported.

November 28, 2019

A powerful Pacific low pressure system continued to develop across the desert southwest on November 28th, and it interacted with considerable moisture to produce bands of moderate to heavy rain across the eastern portions of Riverside County during the evening hours. Isolated thunderstorms were embedded in the rain bands, leading to enhanced rain totals. The heavy rain resulted in an episode of flash flooding over far eastern portions of the county, near the lower Colorado River Valley approximately 4 miles north of East Blythe. During the early evening, local fire and rescue reported a water rescue of a vehicle flooded and floating along highway 95. Fortunately there were no reports of injuries to the driver of the vehicle.

September 1, 2019

Isolated to scattered monsoon thunderstorms developed across the far eastern portion of Riverside County during the evening hours on September 1st. Some of the stronger storms generated gusty and damaging outflow wind in excess of 60 mph. One such storm in Rice Valley produced a 69 mph wind gust as measured by a RAWS weather station. At 2139PST strong winds downed power lines across Riverfront Road near the lower Colorado River Valley 14 miles northeast of Blythe. No injuries were reported due to the strong winds.

August 15, 2018

Monsoon thunderstorms developed across portions of eastern Riverside county during the afternoon hours on August 15th; some of the stronger storms generated gusty and damaging outflow winds that affected areas around the community of Desert Center. A trained spotter indicated that gusty winds estimated to be in excess of 70 mph downed a number of power poles and flipped 3 mobile trailers approximately 5 miles to the northeast of Desert Center and near the Desert Center airport. One of the trailers was completely destroyed. No injuries were reported as a result of the wind damage.

August 6, 2015

Monsoon moisture and some instability from an easterly wave resulted in scattered thunderstorms over the mountains and lower deserts. Most notable of these was a severe thunderstorm that occurred near Mecca in the southern Coachella Valley during the evening. This storm produced a copious amount of lightning and very strong, damaging winds (over 100 power poles damaged or destroyed). While the precipitation did not hit many gages, the Kent Sea Farms gage, near Mecca, recorded 0.32 inches of rain with this storm. After storm damage surveys, it was concluded that the most likely cause of the damage was a brief, nearly-stationary, EF1 tornado.


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Riverside Missouri power outage around 8:22pm. Power still out at 10:16pm

Chris war | September 21, 2023  

Power out here in riverside

Bigdollar99 | December 23, 2021  

Power has been out for hours idk whats going on

Beaumont / Banning RivCo | August 20, 2021  

Power outage since 1:00 pm today in 92504 Arlington/Monroe area. No one is answering phones and its now 25 minutes on hold. Anyone know eta or what is happening

Sherri Dozier | October 26, 2020  

Lost power at approx. 3:30PM today in 92503 Lake Hills Community.

Dan Luedecking | September 19, 2020  

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What is Power Outage?

Power outage (also called a power cut, a power blackout, power failure or a blackout) is a short-term or a long-term loss of the electric power to a particular area.

What Causes Power Outages?

  • Severe weather (high winds, lightning, winter storms, heat waves, rain or flooding can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
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  • Repairing, maintenance or upgrades on power lines and equipment.

What are the Top Outage Safety Tips?

  • Stay away from the downed power lines, park vehicles in protected areas;
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Riverside, California

City Riverside
County Riverside
State California (CA)
Country United States
Zip Codes 92501, 92502, 92503, 92504, 92505, 92506, 92507, 92508, 92509, 92513

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