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Wildfires in California and Colorado fueled by brutal heatwave

Firefighters in Southern Californian and in Colorado are struggling to contain multiple wildfires in brutal dry heat, and in some areas, windy conditions. The fires have forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and triggered air quality alerts.

Dorian again gains strength as it nears Nova Scotia

Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane Saturday afternoon as it began moving past the coast of Maine towards the east coast of Canada with maximum sustained wind speeds of 100 mph.

Wildfires and power cuts in Europe as heatwave breaks records

Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least three people in Italy.

Irma will put $3 billion worth of power grid updates to the test

Tampa - With more than 48,000 homes and businesses in the area around Miami and Fort Lauderdale already having lost power, according to Florida Power & Light, the big question remains - Will FPL's $3 billion upgraded power grid be able to withstand Irma's wrath?

Update: Trump declares disaster as Harvey makes landfall

Rockport - Hurricane Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 storm around 10 p.m. on the Texas coast over the northern end of San Jose Island about 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of Rockport Friday night.

Cold snap pushes spike in energy demand in British Columbia

Vancouver - On Tuesday this week an 11-year-old record for electricity usage was broken in British Columbia, Canada. With temperatures remaining low and more snow forecast for the weekend, there has been an unprecedented demand for power by BC Hydro customers.

Energy services providers driving innovation and change Special

Washington - Charting changes in energy storage, this reporter recently met with the managements of 3 rapidly emerging energy storage technology services providers to learn about their fierce pace for driving change in the electric utility industries.

Tropical Storm Andrea approaches coastal Georgia Special

Savannah - Tropical Storm Andrea is making its way to Georgia's "Coastal Empire" and the center of the storm is expected to be near Savannah. A tropical storm warning and a flash flood watch are currently in effect, and power outages are already occurring.

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.

Low snow creates havoc in California Motherlode Special

Sonora - Snow accumulations aren't rare in the California Motherlode, however, snow at the 1,200 to 1,400 ft elevation is rather uncommon. The low snow created a terrible p.m. commute, and up to 600 power outages.

As nor'easter threatens NJ and NY, many still without power Special

As of Wednesday, several hundred thousand people are still reportedly waiting for restoration of electricity. Currently the region is preparing for a nor'easter, and the situation could worsen if the incoming storm hits the region hard.

Freak snowstorm highlights dangers of using portable generators

The winter weather that those in the Northeast of the United States experienced this weekend resulted in several power outages.

Hurricane Earl Rakes Nova Scotia Special

Liverpool - Hurricane Earl made landfall at Western Head, on the south shore of Nova Scotia today at 11:00 AST. The south shore of the province took the hardest punch from the storm as high winds and pounding surf took their toll.

Thousands Of Chicago Residents Still Without Power Following Monday's Storms

Following Monday night's outbreak of severe weather, 8,000 residents in the Chicago area are still without power. The storms caused much damage, with 3 confirmed tornadoes and air raid sirens that sent Wrigley Field attendees scrambling for cover.

Generators Damage Environment

It may feel good to use a generator to supply power because you are convinced that you are doing no environmental harm but you would be wrong as generators are causing considerable environmental damage.

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Heavy  wet snow causing trees to droop have resulted in outages in some areas  such as in this photo...
Heavy, wet snow causing trees to droop have resulted in outages in some areas, such as in this photo from Windsor.
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Chez des Amis is a bed and breakfast in Natchitoches  Louisiana run by Scott Lumry and Jim Metcalf  ...
Chez des Amis is a bed and breakfast in Natchitoches, Louisiana run by Scott Lumry and Jim Metcalf, who took two seniors in during cold weather emergencies, following an effort to get to the Super Bowl earlier in the day.
FPL is on the job as Hurricane Irma prepares to move on shore in Florida.
FPL is on the job as Hurricane Irma prepares to move on shore in Florida.
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Energy Smart Florida initiative is funding enhancements to FPL’s Performance and Diagnostic Center...
Energy Smart Florida initiative is funding enhancements to FPL’s Performance and Diagnostic Centers to help shorten and reduce the impact of power outages, and prevent many potential outages before they occur

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