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Nestor downgraded, but tornado damages Florida homes

Oct. 19, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Nestor was downgraded Saturday after it spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said several homes were damaged and...

The Latest: Tornado spawned by Nestor damages homes

Oct. 19, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Nestor (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor damaged homes and a school in central Florida but the storm spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said...

Hilton Head delays review if mayor deserves hurricane OT

Oct. 19, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Hilton Head Island has delayed discussion about whether they should pay the town's mayor overtime for extra work during Hurricane Dorian. The town had placed the extra pay for Mayor John McCann on a committee meeting agenda Tuesday. But Assistant Town Manager Josh Gruber...

NC city unveils license plate honoring power linemen

Oct. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — New Bern became the first city in North Carolina to unveil a new license plate honoring the state's utility workers Wednesday (Oct. 9) morning during a gathering at City Hall. A bill creating the new plate was signed by Governor Roy Cooper in early September, the same week that...

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...

Washington state seismologists propose new tracking sensors

Oct. 18, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state seismologists have proposed new earthquake sensors amid concerns about a lack of monitoring technology offshore. KOMO-TV reported Thursday that state seismologists submitted the proposal to the International Ocean Drilling Program to add four new sensors a thousand feet...

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....

Governments in more NC counties qualify for Dorian aid

Oct. 18, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Local governments and state agencies in a dozen more eastern North Carolina counties can get help from the federal government to pay for debris removal and infrastructure repairs from Hurricane Dorian last month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Gov. Roy Cooper announced on...

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.