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Despite normal spring, Texas electric grid seeks power boost

Apr. 13, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The electric grid manager for most of Texas issued an electricity conservation watch Tuesday, appealing to customers to conserve electricity despite weather conditions typical for spring. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which previously came...

Sailboat knocks out power to 30,000 Florida Keys customers

Apr. 12, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A power outage occurred throughout the lower half of the Florida Keys on Monday morning when a sailboat got stuck in transmission lines, officials said. The electricity went out for about 30,000 customers shortly before 9:30 a.m., Julio Torrado,...

More flee volcano on Caribbean island of St. Vincent

Apr. 11, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — More people fled their homes on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Sunday as La Soufrière volcano rumbled loudly for a third day and the heavy weight of its ashfall damaged some buildings. Residents reported widespread power failures early in the...

Teenager dies when electrocuted during Florida storm

Apr. 11, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl died Sunday during a strong storm that swept through central Florida, damaging homes and businesses. The woman was driving in Spring Hill, north of Tampa, when her car struck a downed power line, the Florida Highway Patrol...

Severe storm damages buildings in Florida Panhandle

Apr. 10, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A cluster of severe storms swept across the South early Saturday, leaving one person dead in Louisiana, toppling trees and power lines in Mississippi, dropping large hail on an Alabama coastal city and leveling buildings in the Florida Panhandle. ...

Reforms to Texas' energy grid begin moving after blackout

Mar. 30, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ power grid that buckled during February’s deadly winter storm would operate under new oversight and require power plants to prepare for more extreme weather under overhauls that moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk Tuesday. ...

Severe thunderstorms roar through NJ; Thousands lose power

Mar. 29, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms that roared through New Jersey left thousands without power and brought down dozens of trees that damaged homes and businesses, but no injuries were reported. The storms hit the state shortly after dusk on Sunday and continued...

Strong winds knock out power to thousands across Ohio

Mar. 26, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Utility crews Friday were facing a tough task after storms packing powerful winds knocked out electricity to thousands across Ohio. The wind followed rain and thunderstorms which swept across the state on Thursday night. The gusty...

Texas death toll from February storm, outages surpasses 100

Mar. 25, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials on Thursday raised the death toll from February's winter storm and blackouts to at least 111 people — nearly doubling the state's initial tally following one of the worst power outages in U.S. history. The frigid weather also was...

About 4,300 cold-stunned turtles survived the Texas freeze

Mar. 25, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — About a third of the cold-stunned sea turtles found along Texas' coast during last month's deadly winter freeze survived following a massive rescue effort by experts and volunteers who were themselves struggling without power at home. Of the approximately...