Midwest suffered $11 billion in damage from last summer’s derecho
CHICAGO — The summer derecho that rattled windows and ripped down trees across the Midwest caused an estimated $11 billion in damage, becoming the costliest storm event to occur in less than 24 hours in at least four decades. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which this month released its annual report detailing the billion-dollar-plus weather and climate disasters to strike the United States. A record-breaking 22 disasters caused $95 billion in damage in 2020. Last year was the sixth in a row to have 10 or more separate billion-dollar disaster events, sa...
Wildfire danger in January? In ultra-dry California, PG&E says safety blackout is coming
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At the height of what should be California's rainy season, PG&E Corp. is warning it might need to shut off power to thousands of customers to reduce the risk of a wildfire. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it could impose a "public safety power shutoff" Monday night in portions of Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Madera, Mariposa, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Tuolumne counties. "Forecasts show high fire-risk conditions arriving Monday evening in the southern portion of PG&E's service area, with high winds expected to subside by Wednesday morning. Before any restorat...
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Brushfire burns 3,000 acres in North County; prompts evacuations in Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton
FALLBROOK, Calif. — A wildfire erupted late Wednesday night near the northern San Diego County community of Fallbrook and quickly charred at least 50 acres as it spread to Camp Pendleton, prompting mandatory evacuations from parts of the Marine Corps base, authorities said. The blaze broke out around 11:15 p.m. near De Luz Road about two miles west of Sandia Creek Drive, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Moreno and the North County Fire Protection District. By 11:40 p.m., the flames had spread onto the nearby Marine Corps base, according to the fire agency. Though the blaze was ...
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Blair Kamin: From the Great Fire to modernist houses to Jeanne Gang, a rich array of design books for the holidays
CHICAGO — Chicago isn’t just an architectural capital because of its great buildings. It’s a vital forum of ideas about what makes architecture great. A case in point: this year’s crop of recommended design books. They’re all related to the city and its suburbs, but have much broader appeal. “Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City” by Carl Smith The grim toll of the Great Chicago Fire still boggles the mind — more than 2,000 acres and 18,000 buildings burned, about 90,000 people left homeless, 122 miles of sidewalks and 2,162 street lamps destroyed. Y...
Wind, dry conditions increase risk for wildfires, power shutoffs for N. California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Winds are forecast to come to Northern California late Sunday and ramp up on Monday. The gusts, combined with droughtlike dry conditions, have prompted Pacific Gas & Electric to order shutoffs for thousands of Californians for a “public safety power shutoff,” for the sixth time this year. A low-pressure zone is expected to come across the northern coast, bringing some precipitation and humidity to the Bay Area on Sunday, before the winds come into the coast and Sacramento Valley. While the National Weather Service has not issued any warnings, the weather has created elevat...
The Sacramento Bee
Column: Challenges of 2020 make those cheery holiday newsletters a tad difficult
This year has been unique in its collective misery. In case you’ve been living in a cave for much of 2020, we’ve all been living in caves for much of 2020, and that could make writing the annual holiday newsletter a bit challenging.No amazing vacations, no graduations or weddings to attend, only raging wildfires, civil unrest and politicians running amok.We know devoted newsletter writers will be stymied on how to compose those normally cheery and positive missives, so we’ve decided to give you a little help with our MadLibs-style holiday newsletter. You can go joyful, or you can go full 2020....
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Nation and world news briefs
Wildfire on California-Nevada border kills 1, destroys more than 80 structuresOne person was killed and more than 80 structures, including dozens of homes, have been damaged or destroyed as yet another wildfire scorched more than 20,000 acres, this time on the California- Nevada border.The fire started Tuesday just after noon Pacific time, according to InciWeb, a fire-incident reporting agency.On Wednesday California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Mono County.More than 100 families had been displaced, and as of late Wednesday it had been just 20% contained, the Mono County...
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Wildfire on California-Nevada border kills 1, destroys more than 80 structures
One person was killed and more than 80 structures, including dozens of homes, have been damaged or destroyed as yet another wildfire scorched more than 20,000 acres, this time on the California-Nevada border.The fire started Tuesday just after noon Pacific time, according to InciWeb, a fire-incident reporting agency.On Wednesday California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Mono County.More than 100 families had been displaced, and as of late Wednesday it had been just 20% contained, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office said.The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce put out an appeal ...
New York Daily News
At least 22 dead in Central America after Hurricane Iota as rescue crews work through flooding and debris
Hurricane Iota’s death toll in the Central America region on Wednesday rose to 22, including two children, as survivors and rescuers continue to wade through murky waters and catastrophic debris.Five people died in Honduras and six in Nicaragua, Gonzalo Atxaerandio, the Central America disaster and crisis coordinator for the Red Cross who is organizing relief efforts in Honduras, told the Miami Herald.Dr. Ciro Ugarte, director of health emergencies for the Pan American Health Organization, said Nicaragua reported at least 10 other deaths. Four of those people died in a huge landslide.Colombian...
Patriots 23, Ravens 17: New England upsets favored Baltimore
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – No one said it was going to be easy.The Patriots were underdogs heading into their matchup with the 6-2 Baltimore Ravens. On top of that, there were severe thunderstorm warnings in the area and monsoon-like rainfall inside Gillette Stadium. Add in mounting competition within the division from Buffalo (7-3) and Miami (6-3) and Sunday night’s matchup looked like a must-win situation.The time for moral victories was gone. For the Patriots, it was now or never.After winning once in their previous five games, the 3-5 Pats needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Add in th...
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