Natural disasters

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announces the appointment of Ana Matosantos, right, as California's "energy czar" on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Sacramento, California. Newsom announced Friday he was calling a meeting of Pacific Gas & Electric's executives, shareholders and creditors to resolve the utility's bankruptcy before next year's fire season. PG&E has cut off power to millions of Californians in recent weeks in an attempt to prevent wildfires started by its equipment. If a resolution can't be reached, Newsom said the state will intervene. (AP photo/Adam Beam)
November 01, 2019 - 6:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Friday threatened a possible takeover of the troubled utility blamed for sparking deadly wildfires across the state with its outdated equipment unless it can emerge from bankruptcy ahead of next year's wildfire season with a plan focused on safety...
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Lynda and Michael Behrens look at their crushed Lexus after an Oak tree from their backyard snapped and landed on both the car and front porch on Green Village Road, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Madison, N.J. The borough was hit by high winds on heavy rain late the night before. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
November 01, 2019 - 4:29 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Storms that began on Halloween killed at least two people, caused flooding, downed trees and power lines and damaged homes across the Northeast on Friday. By Friday afternoon, the number of people without power in the Northeast was starting to creep down, but still more than...
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Justo and Bernadette Laos hug while looking through the charred remains of the home they rented that was destroyed by the Kincade Fire near Geyserville, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The fire started last week near the town of Geyserville in Sonoma County north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
November 01, 2019 - 2:22 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats hoped they would finally bask in the attention of presidential candidates when they moved their primary to the front of the calendar. But as the state battles the twin disasters of wildfires and mass power outages, White House hopefuls are nowhere to...
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In this photo taken Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 and released by Medecins Sans Frontieres, areas are submerged by floodwaters between Bor and Pibor, seen from the air, in South Sudan. South Sudan's president on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 declared a state of emergency in 27 counties because of the flooding and parts of the East African region are bracing for a tropical storm that could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation. (Medecins Sans Frontieres via AP)
November 01, 2019 - 10:29 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall, an aid group said Friday. Parts of the region are bracing for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation. The International Rescue...
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Justo and Bernadette Laos show a photo of the home they rented that was destroyed by the Kincade Fire near Geyserville, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The fire started last week near the town of Geyserville in Sonoma County north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
October 31, 2019 - 9:54 pm
WINDSOR, Calif. (AP) — Lynn Darst and her husband were camped out in their motor home on the edge of their seats for four days wondering if their house would survive yet another wildfire menacing Sonoma County. Flames had come close to their neighborhood of spacious homes surrounded by vineyards...
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Pamela Zuzak, 70, reflects on her experiences of being stranded in the dark during the power blackouts at the Villas at Hamilton housing complex for low income seniors Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Novato, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric officials said they understood the hardships caused by the blackouts but insisted they were necessary. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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October 31, 2019 - 6:49 pm
NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — One woman in her 80s tripped over another resident who had fallen on the landing in a steep stairwell. Others got disoriented, even in their own apartments, and cried out for help. At least 20 seniors with wheelchairs and walkers were essentially trapped, in the dark, in a low...
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A firefighter sprays water as flames from the Hillside fire consume a residence in San Bernardino, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The blaze, which ignited during red flag fire danger warnings, destroyed multiple residences. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
October 31, 2019 - 9:37 am
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds fanned new fires in Southern California on Thursday, burning homes and forcing residents to flee in a repeat of a frightening scenario already faced by tens of thousands across the state. The latest blazes erupted in the heavily populated inland region east...
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Eva's Hotel stands damaged after a strong earthquake in Kidapawan, north Cotabato province, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The third strong earthquake this month jolted the southern Philippines on Thursday morning, further damaging structures already weakened by the earlier shaking. (AP Photos/Williamor Magbanua)
October 31, 2019 - 1:09 am
KIDAPAWAN, Philippines (AP) — The third strong earthquake this month killed five people Thursday, injured several others and destroyed buildings that were already damaged by the earlier shaking in a devastated region in the southern Philippines, officials said. Several cities and towns in the quake...
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Elderly residents of the Riverside Heights Healthcare Center in Jurupa Valley, Calif., are evacuated from their care facility as flames and smoke from the Hill Fire approach Wednesday Oct 30, 2019. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 9:00 pm
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire pushed by gale-force winds moved with terrifying speed toward a psychiatric nursing care facility Wednesday, leaving caregivers just 15 minutes to evacuate more than five dozen residents, many of them elderly and confined to wheelchairs and beds. They copied...
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Marco Alcaraz uses a garden hose to protect his girlfriend's home as the Easy fire approaches Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Simi Valley, Calif. A new wildfire erupted Wednesday in wind-whipped Southern California, forcing the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes, as both ends of the state struggled with blazes, dangerously gusty weather and deliberate blackouts. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 30, 2019 - 3:56 pm
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles on Wednesday threatened thousands of homes and horse ranches, forced the smoky evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs and narrowly bypassed the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, protected in part by a...
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