School's Out for Most on Friday

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    San Diego county sheriff's deputies direct traffic at a closed intersection in Encinitas, Calif. after a blackout Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 in San Diego County. A major power outage knocked out electricity to more than 2 million people in California, Arizona and Mexico on Thursday, bringing San Diego and Tijuana to a standstill and leaving people sweltering in the late-summer heat in the surrounding desert. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Educators around the county announced Thursday that students would be taking the day off on Friday due to the power outage that began at about 3:30.

    Classes would resume Monday for all county and city students, officials announced Thursday afternoon. Many private schools were expected to be shuttered as well -- parents of students are being urged to contact school officials before heading in.

    Firefighters Rescue Elevator Passengers

    [DGO] Firefighters Rescue Elevator Passengers
    SDFD rushes in to rescue people caught in an elevator during the blackout. (Published Thursday, Sep 8, 2011)

    On Thursday Classes at San Diego State University have been canceled for Friday because of a power outage that has left up to 5 million people without electricity in Southern California, Arizona and Mexico.

    The university's web site said Thursday that students living in dormitories are being given food, water and other supplies as efforts are under way to restore power throughout the region.

    SDG&E Official Discusses Outage

    [DGO] SDG&E Official Discusses Outage
    San Diego Gas and Electric President Mike Niggli explains the cause of the outage and how long it will take to come back online. (Published Thursday, Sep 8, 2011)

    The story was the same at all the other major colleges and universities around the region. Cal State San Marcos, UCSD, the University of San Diego and other schools would be closed Friday as well.

    SDSU's football team managed to fly out of San Diego International Airport, however. All outbound flights had been initially grounded. The team was en route to New York where they play Army on Saturday.