In the United States, California has declared a state of emergency amid concerns over power outages. The state has taken this step as dangerous high temperatures have been recorded in the southwest of the United States.
Extreme temperatures are expected in most parts of Arizona and California, as well as in the southern states of Nevada and Utah, the BBC reports.
People are being told to stay away from the sun and in air-conditioned places. Temperatures in California are forecast to be 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit (38-43 degrees Celsius) until Sunday. For this reason, the residents have been urged to use moderate electricity.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said the move was aimed at easing energy pressure and boosting energy efficiency. The state of emergency will remain in force until 23:59 on Saturday (08:59 GMT on Sunday).
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) controls most of the state’s power grids. They also urged the people not to consume too much electricity unnecessarily. According to the ISO, it is important to reduce power wastage at a time when the demand for electricity is increasing in extreme heat.
The mercury in a thermometer in California’s Death Valley National Park reached 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius) on Thursday.
A local resident told Reuters news agency: “A certain amount of temperature can run, for example: 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius). But it’s really hard to tolerate when the temperature goes above that. ”
Intense heat was also felt in the San Francisco Bay area. Cooling centers have been set up in several cities there. Temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona, were 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) on Thursday, 115 degrees (46 degrees Celsius) in Las Vegas, and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) in Denver.
Around 50 million people across the southwestern United States are under extreme temperature warning and guidance.
“The heatwave on the west coast is getting worse. The soil is very dry because of the severe drought there, ”a climate and fire scientist at the University of California told the Associated Press.
“Before the end of the summer, we can catch two, three, four, five such heatstrokes,” he said.
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Late Thursday night, California ISO tweeted the state’s power grid is stable and it’s not anticipating any rotating outages for the rest of the night.
Earlier in the evening, PG&E cautioned customers that rolling blackouts could occur which would have affected more than 120,000 customers.
The announcement of potential outages comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation Thursday to free up additional energy capacity.
AN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A man who allegedly stabbed a 94-year-old Asian woman in an unprovoked attack earlier this week in San Francisco has been charged with attempted murder.
In a statement released Friday, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the filing of the following charges against Daniel Cauich: attempted murder, battery causing serious bodily injury, and elder abuse.
His arraignment is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
“We are devastated by this recent, horrific attack. We stand with the AAPI community and the vulnerable elderly community which, around the nation, have faced too many tragic incidents like this one over the past year,” said District Attorney Boudin. “We will continue to work tirelessly in prosecuting this case and also to develop new strategies and tools to prevent crime.
Officers on Wednesday responded to a report about a stabbing and found the woman with several stab wounds and rendered medical aid while medics arrived at the scene. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she is expected to survive, the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement.
Detectives found a knife near the crime scene and obtained a photo of the man and circulated it to all police officers. Two hours later, officers arrested 35-year-old Cauich.
Cauich, who has a long criminal history, was awaiting trial on burglary charges when a judge released him from jail last week.
Investigators are working to determine if race was a motivating factor in the attack, police said.
The attack comes amid a wave of assaults against Asian Americans in San Francisco and across the country since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.