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Storm brings heavy rain, over 50,000 power outages to NH

Oct. 17, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A strong storm has dumped heavy rain and left over 50,000 customers without power in New Hampshire at its peak. The outage count was down to over 20,000 by 5 p.m. Thursday. Earlier, about 100 school districts reported closings and delays Thursday morning due to no electricity or downed...

A gusty Northeast cleans up after storm for the record books

Oct. 17, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A record-breaking autumn storm plunged hundreds of thousands of people into the dark, toppled trees, canceled schools and delayed trains in the Northeast, while persistent winds Thursday hampered efforts to clean up and restore power. The nor'easter brought high winds and rain to the region...

Coastal storm kicking up winds, causing power outages

Oct. 17, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A coastal storm that brought heavy rain to New Jersey is whipping up winds and causing some power outages. A high wind warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May, southeastern Burlington, Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union counties. The...

Top PG&E executive in ill-timed winery retreat out of job

Oct. 16, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive who was among a group of employees who wined and dined top customers just before the utility's widespread power outage last week is no longer with the company. Mel Christopher, who until recently was the top PG&E gas executive, was gone...

Utility crews preparing for power outages ahead of storm

Oct. 16, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Utility crews are preparing for power outages in advance of the stormy weather and 50 mile-per-hour-wind gusts forecast for New Hampshire. Utilities are securing additional crews. Heavy rain and strong winds were expected from Wednesday night into Thursday. Alec O'Meara, a spokesman...

California Editorial Rdp

Oct. 16, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

Oct. 15 The Los Angeles Times on California power outages and fires: Last year, state officials changed the law to allow power companies to be more aggressive shutting down electrical lines in areas where strong, dry winds were predicted so that even if they were downed, they wouldn't spark a fire. The idea was...

More victims, more damage found in Japan typhoon aftermath

Oct. 15, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — The toll of death and destruction from a typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan climbed Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the disaster response and eventual reconstruction. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary...

Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

Oct. 14, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest to date...

California regulator criticizes utility over power outages

Oct. 14, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated." The...

The Latest: PG&E says system had 100 incidents of damage

Oct. 14, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California power shutoffs to prevent wildfires (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says inspections have found more than 100 places where its system was damaged by recent strong winds that prompted last week's deliberate power cut to northern and...