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New tropical storm nears Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct. 20, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new tropical storm pushed close to Mexico's southwestern coast on Sunday, threatening to bring heavy rains before dissipating over land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Priscilla had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) Sunday and it was located about 20...

Nestor heads into Georgia after tornados damage Florida

Oct. 19, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nestor raced across Georgia as a post-tropical cyclone late Saturday, hours after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida while sparing areas of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year earlier by Hurricane Michael. The storm...

The Latest: Nestor brings rain, tornado warnings to Georgia

Oct. 19, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Nestor (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Former Tropical Storm Nestor has spread heavy rains over a large part of Georgia and triggered warnings for two potential twisters in the state. The National Weather Service issued two tornado warnings Saturday evening for...

70,000 California wildfire victims may miss out on payments

Oct. 19, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As many as 100,000 Californians are eligible to receive payments for the damages they suffered from a series of devastating wildfires over the last several years. But tens of thousands of them have not sought compensation. They face a Monday deadline to file claims against Pacific Gas...

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...

Plans pushed back to explode 2 cranes in New Orleans

Oct. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city's fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers....

Tropical Storm Nestor has formed in the Gulf of Mexico; storm surge, high winds expected along US Gulf Coast

Oct. 18, 2019 1:48 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Nestor has formed in the Gulf of Mexico; storm surge, high winds expected along US Gulf Coast.

The Latest: Tropical storm expected to develop in Gulf

Oct. 17, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local): 10:55 p.m. A disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is expected to become a tropical storm Friday as it moves toward the northern U.S. Gulf Coast. On Thursday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm was about 445 miles...

Hurricane Center: Tropical storm likely along Gulf Coast

Oct. 17, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is likely to become a tropical storm that will strike the northern U.S. Gulf Coast with high wind and heavy rains, forecasters said Thursday. Moving off the eastern coast of Mexico, the low pressure system was expected to develop into a tropical...