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Entire island of Puerto Rico suffers power outage — again

San Juan - This year's Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1, and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria on September 20, last year is still dealing with power outages. Only this time, the whole island was blacked-out.

'Extreme' wind storm sweeps through Red Deer, Alberta

Red Deer - A city in central Alberta, Canada experienced an extreme weather event Tuesday night that left a large swath of the community looking like a hurricane had torn through the area.

Fire, power outage shut down part of Toronto's transit service

Toronto - A power outage sparked by a fire early Tuesday wreaked havoc on Toronto's transit lines, turning the morning commute into a slow crawl.

Top ten global cities at risk from power outages

New York - A new study from Johns Hopkins University has selected the ten major cities from across the U.S. most at risk from future power outages. The research implies that residents in these cities need to get used to periods of darkness.

Storm cuts power to shoppers at San Francisco's Union Square Special

San Francisco - It looks as if California got its wish for rain as a storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday night. Rain and wind continued all day Thursday and is expected to let up by the weekend.

Drunk power plant supervisor responsible for Chinese power outage

Henan - A Nov. 2 power outage that left thousands of Chinese residents in the dark was caused not by energy overconsumption or a faulty grid, but by an intoxicated supervisor put off by how he was treated at a local pub.

State tests delayed after squirrel knocks out power to schools

Tampa - Students in three Florida schools got a brief reprieve from taking scheduled state tests after a squirrel knocked out power. In addition, hundreds of other customers in the vicinity lost electricity for a period of time.

East Coast readies itself for 'historical' Sandy Special

As Hurricane Sandy continues to churn closer towards the United States, authorities along the east coast are issuing evacuation orders and residents are bracing themselves for the "megastorm" some forecasters are already calling "historical".

India power outage: Time to consider renewable sources of energy? Special

New Delhi - Considering India's status as an aspiring economic superpower, it came as a shock to many people across the world when hundreds of millions of people were left without electricity in northern and eastern India last week, after a massive power failure.

Hundreds of miners trapped in India by power outage

While 600 million people in India suffer without electricity, hundreds of miners are trapped underground. Officials are attempting a rescue operation.

Many Americans spending Independence Day without power

More than 900,000 homes remain without power Wednesday in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. States hit hard by last week's storm are still struggling to restore power to Americans hoping to ring in Independence Day with some positive news.

California community still in the dark after last week's storms

Temple City - Many residents in Temple City are still without power, nearly a full week after violent windstorms wreaked havoc on the region. An investigation is being launched in order to find out the reason for the delay of power restoration to the community.

Tsunami of solar flares heading to Earth, may disrupt satellites

Greenbelt - A "dramatic" solar flare has erupted from the sun, which has created spectacular images captured by NASA's observatories. Scientists believe it won't have a significant impact on Earth, but some communications satellites could be disrupted.

Power restored to 900 in Sacramento outage Special

Sacramento - Almost 900 Sacramento Municipal Utility District customers have had their power restored following an outage that lasted almost 30 minutes.

Tower demolition goes awry, thousands lose power

Springfield - A botched demolition in the US toppled a nearly 300-foot smokestack being demolished at an old Ohio power plant in the wrong direction, knocking down two 12,000-volt power line, sending spectators scrambling for cover Wednesday.

Battle erupts after lightning strike causes power outage

There is growing anger among poor black communities in South Africa against the ruling ANC-government. A five-hour battle erupted on Christmas Day in downtown Pretoria after the electricity fell out in the low-income Schubart Park tower blocks..

The Day The Lights Went Out In Florida

There are widespread power outages in Florida on Tuesday, spreading from Miami to Jacksonville. Up to 3 million people may have been without power, according to Florida Power and Light Company. The cause is being touted as "significant equipment failure."

Sooner State gets hit hard with season's first ice storm.

The first ice storm of the 2007-2008 season delivered a knock out punch to much of Oklahoma. As many as 650,000 homes (1,500,000 people) were left without power in the wake of the storm that covered much of the state with a half inch to an inch of ice.

No Power? Blame an Eastern Grey Squirrel

A busy area of Toronto is experienced lights out Wednesday morning. The culprit was a eastern grey squirrel who was playing on the lines until he touched the wrong wire. Fried squirrels often result in power outages by causing a power surge.

Almost half a million with no power in snowy St.Louis

The snow storm in the Midwest has knocked off power in most parts of St. Louis as more than half a million people are left in the dark. I hope power is restored soon and snow clears.
 

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Eric Dominick Coates  a tree climber for Weber Jerman  decides how to cut apart a downed tree near M...
Eric Dominick Coates, a tree climber for Weber Jerman, decides how to cut apart a downed tree near Mapes Road and Leonard Drive in Fort Meade, Virginia
Fort Meade
A downed powerline runs over a parked vehicle after ice covered tree branches came down after freezi...
A downed powerline runs over a parked vehicle after ice covered tree branches came down after freezing rain in Toronto, Ontario. Thousands of households are without power in the Greater Toronto area following an overnight ice storm
With permission by Reuters / Hyungwon Kang
This 275-foot tower toppled the wrong way as the demolition at the Mad River Power plant went awry.
This 275-foot tower toppled the wrong way as the demolition at the Mad River Power plant went awry.
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A downed powerline runs over a parked vehicle after ice covered tree branches came down after freezi...
A downed powerline runs over a parked vehicle after ice covered tree branches came down after freezing rain in Toronto, Ontario December 22, 2013. Thousands of households are without power in the Greater Toronto area following an overnight ice storm
With permission by Reuters / Hyungwon Kang
Satellite imagery of 2003 blackout.
Satellite imagery of 2003 blackout.
NASA Earth Observatory