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Bounce house sparks fire, power outages in Utah neighborhood

Sep. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A bounce house in Utah has started a fire that left thousands of residents without power after strong winds lifted the inflatable into nearby power lines. The Drape Fire Department says nobody was injured and that crews responded Thursday to the scene and put out the fire while closing...

Residents seek backup power as storms, fires cause blackouts

Sep. 18, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Climate change has led to deadlier wildfire seasons in the American West and more severe hurricanes and storms barreling up the Southern and Eastern coasts. The dramatic weather frequently knocks out power, leading some residents of storm-ridden or fire-prone areas to seek backup power...

The Latest: California power cuts made over wildfire risk

Sep. 17, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on power outages sparked by wildfire risks in California's Sierra Nevada (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Thousands of people in California's Sierra Nevada are still without electricity because of wildfire danger. Southern California Edison cut power Monday afternoon to...

Nursing home employees formally charged in patient deaths

Sep. 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have formally charged four ex-employees of a Florida nursing home where a power outage after a hurricane led to 12 patients' deaths. The Broward County State Attorney's Office filed a criminal information document Monday listing nine counts of aggravated...

Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millions

Sep. 16, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A failure in Central America's electrical grid left millions of people without power for hours in at least four countries Monday. Honduras was the country hardest hit, with the entirety of its territory and its more than 9 million inhabitants affected. Traffic snarled as more...

Storms bring damaging winds, possible tornadoes to Michigan

Sep. 12, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain, high winds and possible tornadoes to parts of Michigan, damaging buildings and leaving tens of thousands without power. No injuries were reported in the storms Wednesday. The National Weather Service says a possible tornado was reported in...

Tornado hits South Dakota hospital: 'All are safe and sound'

Sep. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

When the warning sounded shortly before midnight that a tornado could be approaching, the clock turned into a stopwatch for staff members working the night shift at a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital. "We had 10 minutes to wake up 102 residents, get them to the center of the building," said...

The Latest: 3 tornadoes confirmed in Sioux Falls

Sep. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the severe weather that caused widespread damage in Sioux Falls (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The National Weather Service now says three tornadoes struck Sioux Falls overnight. National Weather Service lead meteorologist Todd Heitkamp in Sioux Falls tweets that he has...

Tornado topples trees, damages headstones at Winona cemetery

Sep. 11, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado ripped through a cemetery in southeastern Minnesota. The EF-1 tornado with winds of 95 mph struck Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona early Wednesday. The tornado toppled trees and damaged a building and headstones. The weather service says the...

Turkey vulture causes power outage at University of Missouri

Sep. 11, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A wayward turkey vulture caused a power outage for about an hour on the University of Missouri campus. University spokeswoman Liz McCune said 27 buildings and four parking structures were without power Wednesday morning. The buildings included Jesse Hall, Ellis Library, the Student...