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Logan Berns lines up the lantern over a fiberglass pole during installation in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Berns is a lineman with MJ Electric in Iron Mountain, Mich., which has been contracted by Alliant Energy for storm repairs. Alliant Energy representatives say they are still evaluating street lights in need of repair or replacement and estimate that thousands will be replaced. (Liz Martin /The Gazette via AP)

Repairs ongoing to Iowa streetlights damaged by August storm

Nov. 27, 2020 11:17 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Months after a derecho tore through Iowa, thousands of streetlights still need to be repaired in the Cedar Rapids area. Mayuri Farlinger, the director of operations for Alliant Energy in the region, did not have an estimate as to how long it might take, The Gazette reported. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, a firefighter runs up a fire road to hose down flames from a wildfire in Newhall, Calif. Thousands of people in Southern California lost power Thanksgiving Day after a utility began shutting off electricity to prevent wildfires from being ignited by damage to power lines amid strong winds. At least 3,000 customers in Los Angeles and Ventura counties lost electricity Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 and more than 100,000 other customers are at risk of losing power, according to Southern Edison.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Thousands lose power in Southern California amid fire danger

Nov. 26, 2020 5:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of people in Southern California lost power Thanksgiving Day after a utility began shutting off electricity to prevent wildfires from being ignited by damage to power lines amid strong winds. Nearly 5,000 customers in Los Angeles and Ventura counties lost electricity Thursday...

Dec. 28 deadline for loans for Mississippi Feb. flood damage

Nov. 26, 2020 10:42 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Small Business Administration is reminding people in Mississippi about the deadline to apply for low-interest loans to recover from floods that occurred Feb. 10-14. Dec. 28 is the deadline for applications from small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture...

Nevada forestry officials pushing fire-safe communities

Nov. 26, 2020 12:04 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada forestry officials are convening a virtual summit to help the public learn how to protect their homes from wildfires. Next week's summit comes after a devastating 2020 wildfire season across the Western U.S. Last week, two late-season blazes in the eastern Sierra Nevada...

Santa Ana winds to bring fire danger to Southern California

Nov. 25, 2020 7:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Red flag warnings of extreme fire danger will go into effect on Thanksgiving for a large swath of Southern California as Santa Ana winds develop, forecasters said Wednesday. Southern California Edison was considering shutting off electricity to more than 76,000 customers in five counties...

The street sign on Cooper St. at Secretary Dr. was blown over in Arlington when a tornado-warned storm blew through, Tuesday night, Nov. 25, 2020. No one was seriously injured across the street at the Burger Box restaurant. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Tornado causes damage, injuries in Dallas-area city

Nov. 25, 2020 2:31 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A tornado swept through parts of the Dallas-area city of Arlington, damaging several apartment complexes and other buildings, displacing 75 families and causing minor injuries to three people, officials said Wednesday. The Arlington Fire Department said the storm, which passed...

Mississippi counts nearly $90M in Zeta damages

Nov. 25, 2020 12:40 PM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Hurricane Zeta left a trail of destruction and millions in damage in Mississippi when it came ashore Oct. 28, state officials said. The state has documented tens of millions in damage from the storm, which had 100 mph winds and 7 to 9 feet of storm surge, The Sun Herald reported. In...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020 file photo, a resident walking through a flooded street looks back at storm damage caused by Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras. Flooded out Honduran and Guatemalan families stranded on rooftops in the most marginalized neighborhoods after the passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota portend a new wave of migration, observers across the region say. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez, File)

Punishing hurricanes to spur more Central American migration

Nov. 24, 2020 3:53 PM EST

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — At a shelter in this northern Honduran city, Lilian Gabriela Santos Sarmiento says back-to-back hurricanes that hit with devastating fury this month have overturned her life. Her home in what was once a pretty neighborhood in nearby La Lima was destroyed by flooding. The...

Fire destroys Mississippi business

Nov. 24, 2020 8:42 AM EST

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a Mississippi cabinet shop, authorities said. The blaze happened late Monday in Rankin County, WLBT-TV reported. A passerby saw smoke at the business and called 911, Rankin County Emergency Management Director Mike Word said. No one was inside at that time, and no...

Town to work with track owner to have grandstand demolished

Nov. 22, 2020 11:47 AM EST

POWNAL, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Pownal hope to work with the owners of the former Green Mountain Race Track to have the fire-damaged grandstand building demolished. The select board voted unanimously on Thursday to hold off on pursuing a health or other town order to demolish the structure as Stephen...