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Florida Declares Emergency On Coast as Hurricane Isaias Barrels Toward State

MIAMI — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday declared a state of emergency for counties on the Atlantic coast with Hurricane Isaias expected to hit the state as early as this evening before moving up north into early next week. …

Weather Unfavorable on Northern California Fire Lines

SUSANVILLE, Calif. — Firefighters and aircraft worked Tuesday to halt the spread of two forest fires in rural northeastern California as unstable weather brought the risk of gusty winds, thunderstorms and lightning strikes that could start new blazes. The Gold …

Hundreds Evacuated as Wildfires Rage in Florida Panhandle

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Firefighters in the Florida Panhandle battled wildfires through the night that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes, authorities said. A more than 575-acre fire in Walton County prompted about 500 people to evacuate. …

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria

A new study says that hurricanes Irma and Maria combined in 2017 to knock down a quarter of the biomass contained in Puerto Rico’s trees — and that massive rainfall, more than wind, was a previously unsuspected key factor. The …

PG&E Cutting Power to 150,000 Customers in New Mass Blackout

PG&E Corp. is moving forward on cutting power to about 150,000 customers starting early Wednesday in the latest mass blackout designed to keep its power lines from igniting wildfires. The bankrupt utility is shutting off service to homes and businesses …

PG&E Warns 750,000 Californians More Blackouts May be Near

California utility giant PG&E Corp. said it may cut the lights to more than 750,000 people across Northern California as the National Weather Service posted “red flag” warnings for high winds across the region. The bankrupt power company said Tuesday …

Remnants Of Olga Push into Mississippi, Leaving Damage

JACKSON, Miss. — What’s left of Tropical Storm Olga was causing soggy conditions in Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday and dozens of flights were canceled or delayed at New Orleans’ main airport after two power outages. There were no reports …

California Wine Country Fire Began Near Damaged PG&E Tower, 2,000 Flee

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. — A wind-driven wildfire that forced some 2,000 people to flee homes in Northern California’s wine country on Thursday erupted near the base of a damaged high-voltage transmission tower owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co, utility and …

Tornado Spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor Damages Florida Homes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — 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, authorities said Saturday. The Polk …

One Massive Blackout Is Over, Now California Braces for the Next

An unprecedented blackout that plunged millions of Californians into the darkness for days is over. And nobody can say when the next will hit. Even as PG&E Corp. declared an end to last week’s shutoffs — a deliberate move to …