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Tropical cyclone blacks out 182,000 homes in southern Brazil

May. 17, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tropical Cyclone Yakecan hit Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul and authorities said about 182,000 homes were without electricity Tuesday night. Local utility CEEE Equatorial said on its social media channels that it had all its staff out dealing with...

Braves lose power at supposedly haunted Milwaukee hotel

May. 16, 2022 20:42 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Atlanta Braves woke up to an extended power outage at their hotel in downtown Milwaukee on Monday that also left some without running water. Some players were unable to shower at the Pfister Hotel, which is already infamous among ballplayers for allegedly...

California prepares for energy shortfalls in hot, dry summer

May. 06, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California likely will have an energy shortfall equivalent to what it takes to power about 1.3 million homes when use is at its peak during the hot and dry summer months, state officials said Friday. Threats from drought, extreme heat and wildfires, plus...

Tornado rips through Kansas; 3 students killed in crash

Apr. 30, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings, injured several people and left more than 15,000 people without power, officials said Saturday. In addition to wreckage from the tornado itself, three...

Electric utilities spending millions to lower wildfire risk

Apr. 30, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Private electric utilities in the Pacific Northwest are planning tens of millions of dollars in upgrades to reduce the risk that their power lines could spark wildfires during extreme weather. Utilities such as Pacific Power, Avista, Idaho Power, Portland General...

Burgum seeking federal help to deal with damaging storms

Apr. 26, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum plans to ask for federal help in dealing with damaging floods and a severe winter storm that left thousands without electricity. As a precursor to a presidential disaster declaration request, Burgum has issued a statewide emergency in the...

Thousands without power after spring blizzard in the Dakotas

Apr. 24, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A spring blizzard knocked out power to thousands of people across western North Dakota and northwest South Dakota, and utility officials said it will likely take at least several days to restore power to everyone. The snow, combined with strong winds that...

Texas storm motivates FPL to prepare for extreme weather

Apr. 23, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Among the most common natural disasters that threaten Florida, its people and its power grids are hurricanes, which are fueled by warm waters during a season that stretches across spring, summer and fall. But Florida isn’t immune to...

Late-season storm dumps heavy snow on New York, New England

Apr. 19, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

A late-season storm dumped six inches (15 centimeters) or more of heavy, wet snow on parts of Pennsylvania, upstate New York and northern New England on Tuesday. The storm snapped tree limbs and interrupted power to more than 350,000 utility customers in New York alone, according to...

Crews fight New Mexico fires as some evacuations lift

Apr. 16, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have lifted some evacuation orders for a mountain community in drought-stricken southern New Mexico as firefighters worked Saturday to contain a wind-driven blaze that killed two people and destroyed over 200 homes. The evacuation orders lifted late...