Natural disasters

People wait in line for gas at Robinson Enterprises in Nevada City, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 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.(Elias Funez/The Union via AP)
October 09, 2019 - 6:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses went out early Wednesday, affecting millions of people in California. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said a forecast of extreme wind and dry weather has created fire danger of an unprecedented scope, prompting it to initiate...
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FILE- In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla. A year after Hurricane Michael, Bay County, Florida, is still in crisis. Thousands are homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, and domestic violence is increasing. Michael was among the strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States. This summer, county officials unveiled a blueprint to rebuild. Among their ideas: Use shipping containers and 3-D technology to build new houses and offer signing bonuses to lure new doctors. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
October 09, 2019 - 12:58 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A year after Hurricane Michael, the Florida county hardest hit by the Category 5 storm is still in crisis: Thousands in Bay County are homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, domestic violence has become a problem and severely diminished mental health services are...
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October 09, 2019 - 10:58 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor says the federal government has denied individual assistance for residents in four counties hit by Hurricane Dorian. Gov. Roy Cooper had sought the federal help for households in Carteret, Dare, Hyde, and New Hanover counties. He said the assistance...
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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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October 03, 2019 - 3:01 pm
Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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Waves crash against the rocks outside Horta, in the Portuguese island of Faial, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Hurricane Lorenzo powered across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, lashing the Azores archipelago with heavy rains, powerful winds and high waves and significantly damaging one island's main port. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)
October 03, 2019 - 1:55 pm
LONDON (AP) — British forecasters say remnants of former Hurricane Lorenzo are bringing very high wind gusts and possible travel disruptions to parts of Britain and Ireland. Now named Storm Lorenzo, its wet and windy weather was to hit Ireland and Britain on Thursday night and early Friday,...
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In this undated photo provided by NOAA, William Lapenta poses at the Weather Prediction Center, in College Park, Md. Lapenta, a federal scientist who oversaw weather prediction centers that track ocean, hurricane and even space conditions died Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, after lifeguards pulled him from the surf in rough seas on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. (NOAA via AP)
October 02, 2019 - 3:13 pm
DUCK, N.C. (AP) — A top weather forecasting official, who oversaw the government’s prediction centers that track ocean, hurricane and even space conditions, has died in rough seas on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. William Lapenta, 58, died Monday after lifeguards pulled him from the surf off the...
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Waves crash on a seafront road in Horta, in the Portuguese island of Faial, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. 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. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)
October 02, 2019 - 5:12 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo powered across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, lashing the Azores Islands with heavy rains, powerful winds and high waves but causing only minor damage, according to authorities. The Azores Civil Protection Agency said the Category 2 hurricane felled trees...
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Residents board up a door in preparation for the arrival of hurricane Lorenzo in Horta, the capital of the Portuguese island of Faial, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The Category 2 hurricane is expected to hit the Atlantic Ocean Portuguese archipelago of the Azores Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Lorenzo was previously a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)
October 01, 2019 - 5:22 pm
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A hurricane packing a punch rarely witnessed in the mid-Atlantic Ocean is bearing down on the Azores Islands, placing emergency services on red alert for waves that could reach eight stories high, winds that could flatten homes and heavy rains that could turn into torrents...
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