SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Some San Diego area beaches remained closed Saturday, still polluted by two sewage spills triggered by Thursday's massive power outage.
Beaches from Solana Beach south through Del Mar to Scripps Pier, Bayside Park in Chula Vista and Silver Strand State Beach remained closed after the massive outage caused two of the city's sewer pump stations to shut down, causing spills, officials said.
About 1.9 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Penasquitos Lagoon, which empties into the sea at Torrey Pines State Park, south of Del Mar.
In Chula Vista, about 125,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Sweetwater Channel, west of Interstate 5 and State Route 54. That sent waste into San Diego Bay and closed Bayside Park in Chula Vista.
Across the bay, it tainted waters on the bay side of Silver Strand, south of Coronado, according to the Department of Environmental Health. The ocean side of Silver Strand not affected and remained open, the DEH said.
Signs were posted warning people to stay out of the water in the bay, and along the coast from La Jolla Shores to Solana Beach. Those orders will remain in effect throughout the weekend or until the areas have two days of clear water, whichever comes first, DEH officials said.
The outage first struck about 3:40 p.m. Thursday and power was restored to San Diego County in about 12 hours, San Diego Gas & Electric reported.
Authorities Monday released an artist's rendering of a man being sought for following and pestering teenage girls in East County neighborhoods early this summer.
A wildfire that scorched about 200 brushy acres in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County Monday threatened back-country homes and a naval training center for several hours, but caused no reported structural damage or injuries.
News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow traveled to Wyoming to see the Great American Eclipse. He had one of the best view points in the nation with clear skies and temperatures in the low 80's.
The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.
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An oft-deported Mexican citizen drove drunk and caused a hit-and-run crash in San Ysidro that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy, a prosecutor alleged Monday, but a defense attorney told jurors that her client wasn't behind the wheel at the time of the collision.
Thousands of San Diegans enjoyed viewing Monday's solar eclipse at events around the city as 57 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon.
If you're planning on watching Monday's solar eclipse you'll need to head east as morning clouds along the coast will likely block those near the beaches from seeing the celestial event.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during Monday's eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.