Traffic on Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo, Calif., is gridlocked Sept. 8, 2011, at rush hour after the massive power outage left most of south Orange County without electricity, shutting down all of the traffic signals. (Associated Press/Los Angeles Times)

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Traffic on Crown Valley Parkway in Mission Viejo, Calif., is gridlocked Sept. 8, 2011, at rush hour after the massive power outage left most of south Orange County without electricity, shutting down all of the traffic signals. (Associated Press/Los Angeles Times)