Latest Power outages News

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

Oct. 14, 2019 5:41 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...

The Latest: Newsom demands payments for those who lost power

Oct. 14, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California power shutoffs to prevent wildfires (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking Pacific Gas & Electric Co., to pay the customers who lost power last week when the state's largest utility cut electricity to prevent wildfires. The Democratic...

Japan looks for missing after typhoon kills dozens

Oct. 14, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Rescue crews dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left dozens dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday, leaving...

California power outages highlight economic disparity

Oct. 13, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

When the nation's largest utility warned customers that it would cut power to nearly 2 million people across Northern California, many rushed out to buy portable generators, knowing the investment could help sustain them during blackouts. Others had the security of knowing they could rely on solar panels and...

Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue

Oct. 13, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter. Typhoon Hagibis made...

California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

Oct. 12, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after the...

The Latest: 97% of blackout customers have power restored

Oct. 11, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it's restored power to 97% of the customers it deliberately blacked out because of weather-related fire concerns. PG&E reports Friday night that of the...

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes

Oct. 11, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said. The blaze broke out Thursday evening in the San...

With warming, get used to blackouts to prevent wildfires

Oct. 11, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say. The Golden State already is fire-prone with lots of dry plants and woodlands — but add high winds that can knock down power...

Latest: Son: Mother, 89, missing after California homes burn

Oct. 10, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Don Turner says his 89-year-old mother is missing after a wind-driven wildfire destroyed dozens of Southern California mobile homes. Turner says Lois Arvickson's neighbors saw her getting into her car in her garage...