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Maine nearly back to full power after nor'easter outages

Oct. 20, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine utility says most of the remaining few thousand people still without power in the wake of a strong storm will be back online soon. Central Maine Power says about 5,200 customers were without electricity late on Saturday night and almost all of them will have power back by...

Thousands still without power in Maine after tough storm

Oct. 19, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Thousands of people remain without power in Maine in the aftermath of a strong autumn storm. Utilities Central Maine Power and Emera Maine reported on Saturday morning that about 30,000 customers in the state still lacked power in the wake of the Thursday Nor'easter. The number was...

California regulator slams PG&E over electricity shut-off

Oct. 18, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top regulator excoriated top executives of the state's largest utility even as Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly said they know they failed to meet public expectations when the company cut the power to more than 2 million people last week. Marybel Batjer, president of...

The Latest: California names director for wildfire safety

Oct. 18, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a massive power shut-off last week in Northern California (all times local): 4:45 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named the first director of a new Wildfire Safety Division. Newsom said Friday that Caroline Thomas Jacobs will head the new division under the state's...

Over 100,000 customers still without power in Maine

Oct. 18, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is still cleaning up from a nor'easter that caused a lot of tree and power line damage. Over 100,000 customers were still without power as of late Friday morning. Central Maine power said some parts of the Maine coast, which saw the most damage, should be prepared for a...

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...