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December 25, 2012 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A Christmas Day tornado touched down west of downtown Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines and damaging property. No injuries were immediately reported. Amateur video of the twister showed a funnel churning through the city, occasionally illuminated by exploding electrical transformers. The Mobile Fire Department said it had received reports of downed limbs, power lines, gas leaks and damage at Murphy High School inside the city . The department tweeted that it had not been "overwhelmed" by calls.
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March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Mark Boster
A sport utility vehicle sheared a fire hydrant and hit a power pole in La Mirada on Friday, sending a geyser of electrified water into the air that shocked a cyclist, authorities said. The crash was reported about 7 a.m. in the 14800 block of Artesia Boulevard, near Knott Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Authorities said the SUV was traveling west on Artesia Boulevard. At the same time, a bicyclist was heading east on the same side of the road, but it's unclear if the driver was trying to avoid hitting the bicyclist, authorities said.
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January 10, 2009 | Associated Press
An electrical discharge from poorly maintained power lines caused a fire in November in Brea that destroyed three homes and a school, police said Friday. Sgt. Bill Smyser said that the investigation showed the fire was not intentionally set but that a criminal negligence charge was possible. The power lines blamed for the fire are owned by Los Angeles-based BreitBurn Management Co.
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March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The 110 Freeway was closed at the 405 Freeway in Carson because of flooding, Caltrans District 7 announced on its Twitter feed shortly before 6 p.m. The storm that hit Southern California on Saturday is expected to drop nearly 6 inches on downtown Los Angeles - and more in the mountains and hillside areas - by the time it moves on toward the Midwest and Northeast. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for parts of Glendora, Monrovia and Azusa. In downtown Los Angeles, a large hole swallowed a chunk of street in the 200 block of North Broadway.
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May 6, 2009 | Martha Groves and Tony Perry
In the gusty predawn hours of Oct. 21, 2007, portions of three wooden utility poles in Malibu Canyon snapped and fell to the ground. Sparks from live electrical wires ignited dry brush, creating an inferno that raced down the canyon into the Civic Center area, destroying 14 structures and 36 vehicles.
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February 20, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Gusty winds that caused minor damage across the Southland overnight are expected to continue Thursday with the potential to hit 50 mph in some areas. Strong winds felled trees and downed power lines overnight Wednesday, leaving some 2,000 people in the San Fernando Valley without electricity, KTLA reported . In Reseda, strong gusts uprooted a large pine tree, which partially crushed a parked car when it fell. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for mountain areas extending from Santa Barbara to the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, and over to the Hollywood Hills and on to Malibu.
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July 19, 1987 | From Reuters
Thieves in northeast China have stolen miles of power lines and equipment from power stations, seriously disrupting electricity supplies to the region, the China Daily said Friday.
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March 12, 1996 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
High-voltage power lines that spark above backyards and flash outside the windows of hundreds of beach-area homes will be dismantled, representatives of Rockwell International Corp. announced Monday. "We were willing to make some investment here in our facilities in order to accommodate the community's request," Rockwell spokeswoman Michelle Bandoian said. "We are currently testing our new generating system, and we expect to turn the lines over to Edison the first week in April."
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May 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A $1-million state grant will study how to prevent bird death by electrocution. Nobody knows how many birds are killed by power lines each year, but people who study it put the toll in the thousands. Researchers led by the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group will study the deaths and seek ways to prevent them. "It's not a population problem; it's an individual bird-mortality problem," said Brian Walton of the research group at UC Santa Cruz.
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December 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
All that tens of thousands of people really wanted for Christmas was to have their electricity back after fierce ice storms felled power lines in a wide swath from Michigan through parts of upstate New York, New England and Canada. More than half a million customers lost power when ice storms coupled with ferocious winds toppled power lines beginning last weekend. Repair crews from utilities across the region, helped by out-of-state workers, toiled to fix the lines, but tens of thousands of customers remained without power Wednesday.
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March 1, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Amid the first major rainstorm of the year, 3,200 people in Los Angeles and others across the area are without power, officials said. Palm fronds and other debris are falling on power lines. Among those affected are 1,900 people in the Fairfax area, 600 in Reseda, 250 in Sylmar and others in Hancock Park and Valley Glen, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Gale Harris said. Many, she said, have been without power since early Saturday morning. The power went out for more than 21,000 people in Riverside on Saturday because of lightning strikes, according to a release on the city's website.
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February 20, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Gusty winds that caused minor damage across the Southland overnight are expected to continue Thursday with the potential to hit 50 mph in some areas. Strong winds felled trees and downed power lines overnight Wednesday, leaving some 2,000 people in the San Fernando Valley without electricity, KTLA reported . In Reseda, strong gusts uprooted a large pine tree, which partially crushed a parked car when it fell. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for mountain areas extending from Santa Barbara to the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, and over to the Hollywood Hills and on to Malibu.
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February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Winds gusts of up to 60 mph are expected to hit Southern California throughout Wednesday, potentially knocking down power lines or creating other dangerous conditions, forecaster warned. The National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning for Santa Barbara County's south coast and for the Santa Barbara Mountains. A wind advisory has also been issued for the Santa Clarita Valley, several parts of Ventura County, and mountains in Los Angeles County. Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the weather serivce, said a high-pressure system from the north was pushing wind south from Santa Barbara down into Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
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February 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Stacie Testerman lives in York County, about 100 miles west of Philadelphia, and gets her water from a well.  So when her power suddenly went out at 3 a.m. Wednesday -- as it did for several hundred thousand Pennsylvanians last week -- her faucets and toilets stopped working too. But rather than abandon her home, Testerman thought she'd tough it out by burning wood in the stove and melting snow to make water for flushing the toilet. Five days later, Testerman and tens of thousands of other Pennsylvanians are still waiting for relief.
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February 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
With snow flurries and subfreezing temperatures in the weekend forecast, about 150,000 homes and businesses in the Philadelphia region on Saturday were still waiting for power to be restored. On Twitter, residents griped about downed power lines that were still sparking outside their homes days after they fell. People spoke of having to bundle up in layers and layers and drive to charging stations to keep their cellphones working. Some expressed frustration that some areas had power restored before their own. More than 5,700 workers from across the eastern U.S. and Canada were working to restore electricity to people, some who have been without it for five days, according to PECO , the main utility company in the area.
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January 16, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The tea had just arrived when "all hell broke loose. " It was as though someone picked up Canter's Deli and dropped it. Silverware, napkins and hot tea flew off Christopher Ducra's table and the restaurant went black before yellow emergency lights flickered on. He and his roommate rushed out of the building and into the middle of the street, hugging as the buildings thundered around them. Fairfax Avenue was still undulating, and a long stretch of swinging power lines cast an eerie blue light.
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October 6, 1994
Authorities closed a short stretch of the Garden Grove Freeway on Wednesday to check overhead power lines that reportedly produced sparks when a truck passed underneath. Officials said an inspection found no problems with the wires, and the freeway was reopened 40 minutes later. A spokesman for Southern California Edison said two overhead wires may have touched and sparked when a power pole near the freeway was accidentally jostled by a heavy truck.
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January 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
About 10,000 Juneau residents lost power after a bald eagle lugging a deer head crashed into transmission lines. "You have to live in Alaska to have this kind of outage scenario," said Gayle Wood, an Alaska Electric Light & Power spokeswoman. "This is the story of the overly ambitious eagle who evidently found a deer head in the landfill." The bird, weighed down by the deer head, apparently failed to clear the transmission lines, she said.
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December 28, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Flo Baerren of Lansing, Mich., was planning on giving her granddaughter a hand-knit quilt for Christmas when she went to Chicago to see family for the holidays. Instead, the 68-year-old found herself renting a room at a Hampton Inn in Jackson, 38 miles away, and eating Christmas dinner at Denny's. Baerren is among tens of thousands of people who were left in the dark, some for up to a week, in areas of Michigan and New England after ice storms felled power lines. “I understand it was a major storm.
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December 27, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Utilities in several states and Canada on Friday continued to work on repairs, hoping to bring tens of thousands of customers back on line after an ice storm last weekend shut off power to hundreds of thousands of people. Michigan and Maine, the states hit the hardest, reported progress but utilities acknowledged that some outages, caused by power lines downed by crusted ice, continued. In Michigan where nearly 600,000 homes and businesses lost power, about 64,000 customers remained in the dark, according to the Associated Press.
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