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When Beryl Hit Houston, Locals Turned to Whataburger

Not just to eat, but also to check for power outages via the Whataburger app

(Newser) - We'll take a burger, small fries, and an update on Hurricane Beryl, please. That's what Whataburger customers in Houston are getting served up via the fast-food chain's app, which is providing what Quartz calls "a unique view into the storm's aftermath"—specifically, where the...

Ecuador Hit With Nationwide Blackout
Power Outage Hits
Entire Country

Power Outage Hits Entire Country

Ecuador had an hourslong blackout Wednesday

(Newser) - A failure in an energy transmission line on Wednesday produced an unexpected blackout throughout Ecuador, the government said, days after announcing that there would be power outages in the country due to production problems. Ecuador's Minister of Energy Roberto Luque said in a message posted on X that the...

Power Goes Off Across Ukraine
Power Goes Off
Across Ukraine

Power Goes Off Across Ukraine

Government imposes shutdowns after Russian attacks on energy infrastructure

(Newser) - Ukraine imposed emergency power shutdowns in most of the country on Sunday, a day after Russia unleashed large-scale attacks on energy infrastructure and claimed it made gains in the eastern Donetsk province. The shutdowns were in place in all but three regions of Ukraine following Saturday's drone and missile...

Storms Leave 1M Texan Homes Without Power

State hit by strong winds, baseball-sized hail

(Newser) - Strong storms with damaging winds and baseball-sized hail pummeled Texas on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and about 1 million businesses and homes without power. The storms came as much of the US recovered from severe weather , including tornadoes, that killed at least 24 people over the Memorial Day weekend....

'It Was Fierce. It Was Intense. It Was Quick.'

Severe thunderstorms rip through Houston, killing at least 4; some could be without power for weeks

(Newser) - Power outages could last weeks in parts of Houston, an official warned Friday, after thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds tore through the city, knocking out electricity to nearly 1 million homes and businesses in the region, blowing out windows on downtown high rises, and flipping vehicles. The National Weather Service said...

NJ Power Outage Had Unlikely Culprit


NJ Power
Outage Had
Unlikely Culprit

NJ Power Outage Had Unlikely Culprit

A fish fried a transformer, was likely dropped by a bird

(Newser) - A power outage that cut electricity to a New Jersey community a week ago was due to an unlikely culprit—a fish that was apparently dropped by a bird and landed on a transformer, officials said. Sayreville police said Jersey Central Power and Light Company workers working on the Aug....

Texas to Overheated Locals: Cut Back on Power to Save Grid

Other parts of South also suffering from sweltering temps, post-storm power outages

(Newser) - Texas' power grid operator asked residents Tuesday to voluntarily cut back on electricity due to anticipated record demand on the system, as a heat wave kept large swaths of the state and southern US in triple-digit temperatures. On the last day of spring, the sweltering heat felt more like the...

Below Zero One Day, 45 Above the Next

Temperatures soar in Northeast, especially, after brutal cold

(Newser) - Temperatures in many areas of the Northeast US climbed to the mid-40s Fahrenheit on Sunday, a day after the region suffered through temperatures that plummeted into the negative teens and felt like minus 45 to minus 50 degrees with the wind chill. Atop 6,288-foot Mount Washington in New Hampshire,...

After North Carolina Shootings, Power Could Be Out for Days

No motive has yet been determined

(Newser) - The Moore County sheriff confirmed Sunday that it was gunfire that damaged two North Carolina power substations Saturday, causing damage that could take days to repair. That means tens of thousands of residents could be without power for days, the AP reports. County schools are closed Monday, and a state...

Houston Residents Can Drink Their Water Again

City lifts boil advisory

(Newser) - Houston officials lifted an order Tuesday that had called for more than 2 million people in the nation's fourth-largest city to boil their tap water before drinking or using it. The boil order had been in effect since Sunday, when a power outage at a purification plant caused pressure...

Power, Water Knocked Out Again Across Ukraine

Critical infrastructure hit by Russian missile strikes in Kyiv, Kharkiv; 80% in capital without water

(Newser) - A massive barrage of Russian strikes on Monday morning hit critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and other cities, knocking out water and power in apparent retaliation for what Moscow alleged was a Ukrainian attack on its Black Sea Fleet over the weekend. The mayor of Ukraine's capital said 80%...

'Massive Missile Attack' Knocks Out Power Throughout Ukraine

Hundreds of thousands without electricity, and there are warnings about water supply in some areas

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of people in central and western Ukraine woke up on Saturday to power outages and periodic bursts of gunfire, as Ukrainian air defense tried to shoot down drones and incoming missiles. Russia has intensified its strikes on power stations, water supply systems, and other key infrastructure across...

In 'Era of Extremes,' Calif. Asks Residents to Turn Off Lights

Rare emergency alert called for switching off of nonessential power to prevent rolling outages

(Newser) - Grappling with brutal heat this week, Californians were faced with a big ask, and it was a rare one, per KTLA . The state's Office of Emergency Services pushed out an alert Tuesday evening requesting that residents switch off any nonessential power, in an attempt to conserve energy and prevent...

Lights Out, Tokyo—It's Going to Be a Hot One

Government asks 37M residents to use less electricity to avoid power outages amid heat wave

(Newser) - Temps in Japan usually hover below 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the month of June, but a heat wave that's descended upon Tokyo and surrounding areas has led the government to plead with 37 million residents to switch off their lights to avoid power outages. The BBC reports that the...

Puerto Rico's 'Fragile' Grid Sees Major Blackout After Fire

More than 1 million customers are without power across the island

(Newser) - More than a million customers in Puerto Rico remained without electricity on Thursday after a fire at a main power plant caused the biggest blackout so far this year across the US territory, forcing it to cancel classes and shutter government offices. The blackout also left some 160,000 customers...

Powerful Storm Brings Snow, Ice, Even a Tornado

Severe winter weather across wide swath of US leaves 350K homes, businesses without power

(Newser) - About 350,000 homes and businesses lost power across the US on Thursday as freezing rain and snow weighed down tree limbs and encrusted power lines, part of a winter storm that caused a deadly tornado in Alabama, dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest,...

Lebanon’s Main Power Plants Shut Down

2 main state power plants expected to come back online Monday at the earliest

(Newser) - Lebanon’s two main power plants were forced to shut down after running out of fuel, the state electricity company said Saturday, leaving the small country with no government-produced power. "It is unlikely that it will work until next Monday, or for several days," the Guardian quotes an...

Twitter Thread Goes Viral With Tips for Freezing Texans

Towels, blankets, pantyhose, pool noodles, even your own armpits can prove invaluable

(Newser) - As a writer living in Michigan, Rebecca Mix is no stranger to winter storms and the resulting power outages. That's why she decided to share her tips for keeping as toasty and safe as possible when you've got no heat, no electricity, and perhaps no water, per Digg...

Ted Cruz Controversy Unfolds on Twitter
Ted Cruz:
Yes, I Flew
to Cancun


updated

Ted Cruz: Yes, I Flew to Cancun

Texas senator says he accompanied daughters to be a 'good dad' amid state's winter emergency

(Newser) - Texans have lots of questions on their minds these days. When will the heat come back on ? Will we run out of water ? And now, where's Ted? That would be Sen. Ted Cruz, who confirmed on Thursday that he flew to Cancun with his family amid the...

In Texas, a Dire Situation for Hospitals
Amid Texas Chaos,
a New Calamity

Amid Texas Chaos, a New Calamity

Hospitals are running out of water

(Newser) - The chaos in Texas amid freezing weather that has left millions in the cold and dark has made its way to the state's hospitals. One issue that has caused things to become especially dire at medical centers: a lack of running water, resulting in problems ranging from low water...

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