Natural disasters

Carlos Lama of Bayside Cafe, which was among businesses to lose power due to PG&E's public safety power shutoff, uses an LED lamp and light from his phone at the counter of the restaurant in Sausalito, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. More than a million people in California were without electricity Wednesday as the state's largest utility pulled the plug to prevent a repeat of the past two years when windblown power lines sparked deadly wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal via AP)
October 09, 2019 - 10:24 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — More than a million people in California were without electricity Wednesday as the state's largest utility pulled the plug to prevent a repeat of the past two years when windblown power lines sparked deadly wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes. The unpopular move that...
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Crews work to connect generators in effort to keep the Caldecott Tunnel open to traffic during a possible power outage at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 09, 2019 - 9:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it's already been able to restore service to about 44,000 customers after it cut power to a million people because of high winds that create a high fire danger. Company...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker walks in front of a truck in San Francisco. Two years to the day after some of the deadliest wildfires tore through Northern California wine country, two of the state's largest utilities were poised Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, to shut off power to more than 700,000 customers in 37 counties, in what would be the largest preventive shut-off to date as utilities try to head off wildfires caused by faulty power lines. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 08, 2019 - 10:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power shutoffs in California to prevent wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric is defending its decision to shut off power to potentially millions of Californians to prevent deadly wildfires. PG&E wildfire safety expert Sumeet Singh...
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James Cooke is shown buying water bottles along with propane tanks and batteries at a ACE Hardware store as he prepares for a possible power shutdown in Los Gatos, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines. (Anda Chu/San Jose Mercury News via AP)
October 08, 2019 - 10:04 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines. PG...
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A fishing boat endures heavy rain and strong winds while moored at the port in Horta, in the Portuguese island of Faial, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Hurricane Lorenzo is lashing the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands with heavy rain, powerful winds and high waves. The Category 2 hurricane passed the Portuguese island chain Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)
October 02, 2019 - 4:33 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo lashed the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands with heavy rain, powerful winds and high waves Wednesday, but initial reports said it caused only minor damage. The Azores Civil Protection Agency said the Category 2 hurricane felled trees and power lines as it passed...
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October 01, 2019 - 9:44 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Waves up to 22 meters (72 feet) high and hurricane wind gusts over 200 kilometers mph (124 mph) are forecast for parts of the Azores Islands as Hurricane Lorenzo bears down on the Atlantic Ocean archipelago. The Category 2 hurricane is expected to hit the Portuguese islands...
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
September 27, 2019 - 9:35 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Russia's foreign minister is calling the dispute over the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president "overblown," and is strongly denying House...
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Sprinklers spray water on plants at Green Valley Farms, a commercial nursery in Montevallo, Ala., on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Weeks of dry, hot weather across the Deep South have worsened a drought that a federal assessment says is affecting more than 11 million people across five states. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
September 26, 2019 - 6:56 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Weeks of dry, hot weather have plunged the Deep South further into a drought that's affecting more than 11 million people and threatening crops across the region, a new assessment showed Thursday. The latest report from U.S. Drought Monitor showed arid conditions worsening...
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Motorists are seen stuck in traffic as they rush to higher ground following an earthquake in Ambon, Maluku province, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. A strong inland earthquake has struck eastern Indonesia Thursday, causing people to flee to higher ground in panic. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. (AP Photo)
September 26, 2019 - 3:27 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake Thursday killed at least three people and damaged a bridge, hospital and other buildings on one of Indonesia's less populated islands. Parts of a building at an Islamic university collapsed in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province. Local disaster...
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Clouds approach the Yabucoa municipal cemetery in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Tropical Storm Karen regained strength as it swirled toward Puerto Rico, where it's expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
September 24, 2019 - 8:14 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Karen drenched the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday as it bore down on an earthquake-shaken Puerto Rico still scarred by a hurricane two years ago. Heavy squalls were expected to hit some areas of the U.S. territories overnight as the storm moved slowly...
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