Natural disasters

April 25, 2020 - 2:51 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The earliest tropical cyclone on record formed Saturday in the eastern North Pacific, far off the coast of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression One-E had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph), and while it was not forecast to strengthen into a...
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Former nurse and Marine Denise Thornton stands adjacent to a damaged mobile home that sustained damage on her property during a severe storm that struck the unincorporated area of Rankin County in the early hours of Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Monterey, Miss. (Sarah Warnock/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)
April 23, 2020 - 2:48 pm
MADILL, Okla. (AP) — Severe weather blew through the South on Thursday after killing at least seven people in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, including a worker at a factory hit by an apparent tornado, a man whose car was blown off the road and a man who went outside to grab a trash can and was...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson speaks during an oversight hearing of the Energy, Utilities and Communications committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Johnson will step down from the job just 14 months after the nation's largest utility hired him to rescue it from a crippling financial mess caused by a long history of negligence and chance a corporate culture that had emphasized profits over safety. The announcement Wednesday, April 22, 2020, that the 66-year-old Johnson will retire June 30 comes as PG&E tries to push through its plan to end a stint in bankruptcy that was triggered by a series of deadly wildfires ignited by its decaying electrical grid. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 22, 2020 - 4:23 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson will step down from his job just 14 months after the nation's largest utility hired him to rescue it from a financial mess caused by a history of negligence and to change a corporate culture that emphasized profits over safety. Johnson's June...
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A helicopter drops water in a wildfire at a national park at the Dutch-German border near Herkenbosch, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Due to the long dryness the danger of forest fires increases all over Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
April 22, 2020 - 10:23 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A village of 4,000 people in the southern Netherlands was evacuated Wednesday as smoke from a wildfire in a nearby national park drifted over homes, authorities said. Residents of Herkenbosch, a village close to the German border and 200 kilometers (124 miles)...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric truck is parked in San Francisco. California regulators are being advised to approve PG&E's plan for getting out of bankruptcy with new controls designed to prevent a recurrence of the utility's past bad behavior that has resulted in deadly wildfires, infuriating blackouts and high electricity rates. If approved, a proposed decision issued Monday, April 20, 2020, by Administrative Law Judge Peter Allen will enable PG&E to clear another key hurdle in its frantic race to end one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history by June 30. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 20, 2020 - 8:33 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are being advised to approve Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from bankruptcy with new controls designed to prevent a recurrence of the utility's past bad behavior that has resulted in deadly wildfires, infuriating blackouts and high...
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The Baxterville, Miss. of home Brian and Penny Templesis seen Monday, April 20, 2020 after it was heavily damaged after being struck by a tornado on Sunday evening. Severe storms are raking parts of the Deep South, a week after Easter storms pounded the Deep South, killing dozens. (Cam Bonelli/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)
April 20, 2020 - 3:45 pm
HEADLAND, Ala. (AP) — Suspected tornadoes killed at least two people as severe weather blasted a wide area across the Deep South, shattering homes and leaving thousands without power, officials said Monday. Jerry Oliver Williams, 61, of Henry County died when the storm struck a rural area about 11:...
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April 19, 2020 - 10:47 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms pounded parts of the Deep South with hail, high winds and drenching rains on Sunday as forecasters warned residents to brace for possible overnight tornadoes and flooding across a region reeling from a deadly twister outbreak one week ago. . Tornado...
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A forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka, in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, Sunday April 5, 2020. Ukrainian firefighters are laboring to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station that was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. (AP Photo/Yaroslav Yemelianenko)
April 17, 2020 - 7:44 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in the contaminated evacuation zone around the wrecked Chernobyl nuclear power plant has engulfed Kyiv, placing the Ukrainian capital near the top of the global air pollution index. The authorities said Friday that radiation levels in Kyiv have remained...
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FILE - This Oct. 13, 2017 file photo shows a row of chimneys standing in a neighborhood devastated by the Tubbs fire near Santa Rosa, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric will face another legal challenge to a $13.5 billion settlement with more than 80,000 Northern California victims worried they're being shortchanged in a deal that's supposed to repay them for losses caused by the utility's negligence. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
April 16, 2020 - 7:48 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A Pacific Gas & Electric lawyer told a federal judge that the beleaguered company's plan for getting out of bankruptcy is winning support from the victims of Northern California wildfires ignited by the utility's crumbling equipment, despite concerns they will be...
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This March 31, 2018 photo provided by researcher A. Park Williams shows the Catalina Mountains in southern Arizona. A two-decade-long dry spell that has parched much of the western United States is turning into one of the deepest megadroughts in the region in more than 1,200 years, and about half of this historic drought can be blamed on man-made global warming, according to a study released Thursday, April 16, 2020 in the journal Science. (A. Park Williams/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory via AP)
April 16, 2020 - 2:10 pm
KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — A two-decade-long dry spell that has parched much of the western United States is turning into one of the deepest megadroughts in the region in more than 1,200 years, a new study found. And about half of this historic drought can be blamed on man-made global warming,...
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