misteralexander writes "Washington State has experienced a "Catastrophic Cascading Power Loss", taking the entire states' digital resources (wa.gov and all sub-domains) offline. The Department Of Information Services (DIS) was working on Generator power because of unsafe power spikes in the civilian grid system. It was during this "Extended Use" when the generator system became "Unstable". A switch to the UPS backup proved faulty as well, taking the entire state, all state agencies & resources (fingerprint sub-system, State Patrol, Food Stamps) offline. One internal resources is quoted as saying "It will be hours before we can even know what caused this, and possibly several hours beyond that before a system restart will be attempted"."