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KC&C Says Colo. Wildfire Caused $1 Billion in Insured Losses

The wildfire that ignited on Dec. 30 in Boulder County, Colorado destroyed 1,000 structures and caused insured losses of about $1 billion, catastrophe modeler Karen Clark & Co. said Wednesday. The blaze, called the Marshall Fire because it it started …

Nor’easter Brings Hurricane-Force Wind, Causes Power Outages

BOSTON (AP) — A nor’easter that battered the U.S. coast with hurricane-force wind gusts left 425,000 people without power in Massachusetts and forced the closure of bridges, ferries and schools in the region on Wednesday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency …

Severe Storms Topple Trees, Cut Power in Michigan and Illinois

More than 170,000 homes and businesses in western and northern parts of Michigan’s lower peninsula and 90,000 homes in the Chicago area remained without power Wednesday morning after severe overnight thunderstorms damaged power lines. In Michigan, wind gusts reached about …

Fireworks Sparked Utah Wildfire; Blaze in Nevada Partially Contained

LEHI, Utah — Fireworks caused a wildfire in Utah that forced out residents of houses and an apartment building early Sunday before crews managed to turn back the blaze as it encroached on a neighborhood, officials said. A suspect was …

Weekend Wildfires Break Out in Utah, Nevada and Arizona

Wildfires prompted evacuations in Utah, Nevada and Arizona over the weekend. Fireworks caused a wildfire in Utah that forced out residents of houses and an apartment building early Sunday as the flames encroached on a residential area, officials said. A …

Extreme Weather Has Gardeners Looking for Resilient Plants

Fiercer and more frequent natural disasters in recent years have many homeowners re-evaluating their landscaping. Many are restocking with trees and plants more resilient in the face of storms, fires and flooding. Scientists link the higher frequency of severe weather …

Australia Counts Wildfire Devastation After Calamitous Weekend

Hundreds of properties were destroyed across southeastern Australia after searing temperatures and strong winds exacerbated catastrophic wildfires Saturday in one of the worst days of the weeks-long crisis. Dozens of communities, from small towns on the south coast of New …

Storm Cuts Power, Lifts Roofs in Australian City

Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people, officials said. State-owned electricity supplier Energex said Friday that up to …

Weekend Storms Cause Damage in North Dakota

Weekend storms caused heavy damage at a Missouri River recreation area south of Bismarck, N.D., and injured people at a lake southwest of the city. Several tents, campers and vehicles were destroyed by strong winds and falling trees at Kimball …

Wind Gusts Uproot Trees in Washington Park

High winds damaged or uprooted at least 14 trees Thursday night in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Part of the park was closed Friday for crews to assess the damage and possible safety risks. The National Weather Service says the …