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Power restored to tens of thousands in Maine after storm

Oct. 1, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tens of thousands of Maine customers are back on the power grid on Thursday after heavy winds and rain put many in the state in the dark. Utilities in the state reported that about 33,000 customers still lacked power on Thursday morning. That was down from a high of more than 120,000...

Jay Desorcy, left, and Dwayne Pinkham, of New Bedford DPI Green Space, cut a large section of a tree that fell due to the high winds across Kenney Street in the north end of New Bedford, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times via AP)

Winds rake US Northeast, leaving thousands without power

Sep. 30, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Winds close to hurricane strength swept across parts of the northeastern U.S. on Wednesday morning, toppling trees, downing power lines and leaving many thousands of residents without power. The National Weather Service reported that winds gusted as high as 72 mph (155 kph) near Boston around...

EPA ridicules California's proposed ban of new gas cars

Sep. 29, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Monday ridiculed California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, saying the proposal raises “significant questions of legality.” Last week, Newsom signed an executive...

Cal Fire's Boggs helitack assist in putting out a 12 acre brush fire in Larkfield Calif., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

Power company plans series of shutoffs to prevent wildfires

Sep. 26, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of California's largest power companies announced Saturday it plans to temporarily shut off power to residents of 16 counties and a tribe to prevent wildfires sparked by electrical equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it will initially shut off power to about 15,000...

Alaska village regains power after outage lasting a month

Sep. 24, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska village has regained electrical power after a month-long outage during which some families lost subsistence harvests stored in freezers. Newtok’s backup generator gave out in late August and power was not restored until Sept. 21, KYUK-AM reported Tuesday. The backup...

Louisiana utility says Hurricane Laura repair costs at $1.4B

Sep. 24, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana utility says the cost to restore electricity and repair power lines damaged in the state during Hurricane Laura is now up to $1.4 billion. Entergy Corp., the New Orleans-based utility serving many of the areas affected by the Aug. 27 storm, said Tuesday that power has been...

Power outage darkens much of Venezuela, puts down phones

Sep. 23, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A power outage left parts of Venezuela’s capital and several states in the dark Wednesday, residents and independent observers said. The internet monitoring organization NetBlocks said the outage that started in the early afternoon darkened much of the South American...

Small plane crash lands on street in Pennsylvania, 2 injured

Sep. 21, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — A small plane traveling from Vermont crash landed on a residential street in Pennsylvania, injuring the pilot and a passenger. The single-engine aircraft was trying to land at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Sunday night when the pilot apparently had engine trouble and...

A Corpus Christi police office places a barricade to close Laguna Shores Boulevard due to flooding on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Beta is slowly churning through the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas and Louisiana, stirring worries that it could bring heavy rain, flooding and storm surge to a storm-weary stretch of the Gulf Coast. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas and Louisiana

Sep. 20, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Beta trudged toward the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, threatening to bring more rain, wind and stress to a part of the country that has already been drenched and battered during this year's unusually busy hurricane season. While Beta could bring up to 20 inches (51...

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Beta, center,  in the Gulf of Mexico.  A hurricane watch is in effect Saturday for coastal Texas as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength.  A storm surge watch and a tropical storm watch are also in effect for the area during an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season.  (NOAA via AP)

Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas

Sep. 19, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season was churning along Saturday as the Texas coast prepared for a tropical storm that could strengthen into a hurricane before breaching its shores in the week ahead. Both the city of Galveston and Galveston County on Saturday issued...