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Wind-Whipped Montana Fires Burn Structures, Spur Evacuations

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfires burning in Montana have exploded in size, triggering evacuations and destroying an unknown number of homes as furious winds stoked the blazes and caused a fire helicopter to crash land, officials said Wednesday. In the …

A Dozen Homes Damaged in Wind-Whipped Baltimore Fire

BALTIMORE (AP) — Fire officials said a dozen homes on several streets caught fire in Southwest Baltimore, fueled by wind-whipped flames from the burning roof of a vacant house. One firefighter was injured during the blaze Friday and was taken …

Northwest Storm Leaves at Least 200,000 Without Power

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — At least 200,000 people remained without power in the Portland, Oregon, area Sunday after a winter storm blanketed the Pacific Northwest with ice and snow and made travel treacherous. With a number of transmission lines and …

Thousands Without Power a Day After Strong Storms and Wind

HARTFORD, Conn. — Thousands of Connecticut residents remained without power Monday, a day after strong storms moved through the state. Eversource, the state’s largest electric utility, reported that more than 10,000 customers remained offline at 2 p.m. and 5,700 were …

As Zeta Raged, Mississippi Family Watched Their Home Burn

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Whenever Bobby Turgeau talks about the night Hurricane Zeta swept across the Coast, there’s one line he can’t stop repeating: “I did everything wrong.” That night, Zeta brought 100-mile-per-hour winds and several feet of flood …

Report: Iowa’s Derecho Crop Losses Increase By More Than 50%

DES MOINES, Iowa — Crop loss estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%, a new report shows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that the number of crop acres …

California Braces for Power Shutoffs and Warm, Windy Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters and officials at California’s largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new …

Hurricane Sally Weakens as it Nears Mississippi River

Hurricane Sally has weakened as it approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast, with hurricane warnings being replaced by tropical storm alerts and a number of further storm warnings being discontinued. The storm’s maximum sustained winds slowed to 85 miles (140 kilometers) …

What’s Next? Devastating Fires Are Latest Challenge in West

SALEM, Ore. — The path of devastation spans thousands of miles where flames have consumed people, homes and cars while leaving a barren, gray landscape. But the massive wildfires aren’t done chewing through the West, shrouding the skies with choking …

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 …