Californians struggle after latest blackout hits 1.5 million

U.S. 10/30/19, 07:19

Californians on Wednesday found themselves facing winds, wildfires and darkness from yet another power outage that hit more than 1 million people. Frustration and anger mounted across Northern California as Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's largest utility, began its third round of sweeping blackouts in a week aimed at preventing ...

New evacuations, power outages near California wildfire

U.S. 10/26/19, 14:57

Authorities ordered at least 50,000 residents to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state's largest utility announced power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 million people due to forecasts of severe winds and extreme fire danger. Two previous electricity shut-offs in recent weeks were carried out amid ...

Californians hit with 2nd round of sweeping blackouts

U.S. 10/24/19, 02:31

Dangerously windy weather sweeping through the state brought power outages to Northern California as the state's largest utility staged blackouts designed to prevent catastrophic wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Wednesday began rolling blackouts stretching from the Sierra foothills in the northeast to portions of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

California regulator criticizes utility over power outages

U.S. 10/14/19, 18:33

California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated." The agency ordered a series of corrective actions, including ...

Dorian hits US Virgin Islands as Category 1 hurricane

U.S. 08/28/19, 13:39

Dorian became a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday as it struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, with forecasters saying it could grow to Category 3 status as it nears the U.S. mainland as early as the weekend. The British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra were also ...

Thousands left in the dark during NYC power outage

New York 07/14/19, 06:23

On the anniversary of a 1977 blackout that hit most of New York City, a massive power outage brought the curtain down on Broadway shows and stalled traffic on Manhattan streets. Underground, the power outage affecting 73,000 customers for hours also left the subway system in disarray. Con Edison CEO John ...

Storms bring tornadoes, floods, power outages across the US

U.S. 06/20/19, 13:04

Potent thunderstorms have been blamed for one death and left more than 200,000 people without power across the southern United States — and fierce winds were expected to wallop parts of several states as new storms form Thursday, forecasters said. Fallen trees ripped down power lines and crashed into buildings along ...

California approves wide power outages to prevent wildfires

U.S. 05/30/19, 19:30

California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise.Utilities' liability can reach billions of dollars, and after ...

Pennsylvania faces a 3rd day of severe weather

U.S. 05/30/19, 12:40

Pennsylvania faces a third day of severe weather while people clean up from storms that downed trees, power lines and caused flooding.Thursday's forecast calls for storms that could pack damaging wind and hail. The risk continues for flash flooding.The Central Bucks School District has canceled classes in several schools because ...

Update: Over 5 million people without power across Ohio

U.S. 05/28/19, 01:29

The Latest on Ohio tornado (all times local): 2:30 a.m. The National Weather Service says there are more 70,000 power outages across the state of Ohio, affecting over 5 million people. The service tweeted Tuesday morning that to send reports of outages via social media or email if possible. It also says the tornado ...

Power outages remain after tornado slams Missouri’s capital

U.S. 05/24/19, 09:23

Residents affected by a powerful tornado in Missouri's capital city now could have to withstand some hot weather without electricity to their homes.Electricity provider Ameren Missouri said Friday that crews have been working around the clock to try to replace about 200 broken power poles in Jefferson City and Eldon ...

Update: Trees toppled, houses damaged in North Carolina

U.S. 04/19/19, 19:08

The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 8 p.m. The National Weather Service reports downed trees and structure damage as severe storms roared through central and eastern North Carolina. A preliminary report said there was roof and structure damage in one neighborhood in Chatham County outside of Siler City ...

Venezuelans search for water as new blackouts hit nationwide

America 03/27/19, 22:46

More power outages hit Venezuela on Wednesday after the nation's worst blackouts earlier this month, knocking out water pumps and forcing some Caracas residents to spend hours searching for bottled water in the few shops that were open or to fill up containers at springs in the city's hills. Frustrated Venezuelans ...

New power outage leaves much of Venezuela in the dark

America 03/26/19, 07:04

Much of Venezuela remains without electricity as a new power outage spread across the country in what many fear will be a repeat of the chaos almost two weeks ago during the nation's largest-ever blackout.The outage began around midday Monday and appeared to have affected most of Venezuela's 23 states. ...

Large new blackouts strike Venezuelan capital, provinces

America 03/25/19, 22:41

A new power outage spread across much of Venezuela on Monday, knocking communications offline and stirring fears of a repeat of the chaos almost two weeks ago during the nation's largest-ever blackout. The outage began shortly after 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) and appeared to have affected as many as 16 of ...

Venezuelan city devastated by looting during power outages

Europe 03/13/19, 17:34

Bakeries, butcher shops, hardware stores, malls, hotels, pharmacies — these were just some of the hundreds of businesses that were looted and vandalized in Venezuela's second-largest city during nationwide power outages. There were no reports of further unrest in Maracaibo on Wednesday, the day after the looting, as people formed long ...

Chaos spreads in Venezuela after days without power

America 03/11/19, 21:04

Venezuelans on Monday converged on a polluted river in Caracas to fill water bottles and held scattered protests in several cities as growing chaos took hold in a country whose people have had little power, water and communications for days. A 3-year-old girl with a brain tumor languished in a Caracas ...

Massive Venezuela power outage raises tensions amid crisis

America 03/08/19, 11:07

Hospitals struggled to get back-up generators running, businesses shuttered and families anxiously tried to contact loved ones amid Venezuela's worst-ever power outage Friday, raising tensions in a country already on edge from ongoing political turmoil. Much of the nation of 31 million people was still without electricity as the blackout stretched ...

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