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Weather Wildfires

  • That's the finding of a survey released last week by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife. The survey was conducted between Sept. 18 and Oct. 16, after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the Gulf Coast and Florida, damaging, destroying or at the least closing many companies. While the survey was being conducted, dozens of wildfires destroyed homes and businesses in...

  • BURLINGAME, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was blamed in three lawsuits filed Tuesday for negligence in the wildfires that killed more than 40 people and destroyed over 8,000 homes in Northern California last month. The lawsuits allege the San Francisco- based utility and its parent PG&E Corp. put profits over safety by failing to trim trees and...

  • Bins of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are placed on a conveyor before being sorted and crushed during harvest at the Cardinale winery Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Oakville, Calif.

    Most vineyards were spared due to their high moisture content, and some even helped save surrounding structures by acting as fire breaks.

  • ATLANTA— Home Depot beat Wall Street expectations for the third quarter thanks in part to natural disasters that skewed economic growth and hiring in North America. Wildfires that raged across the West destroyed thousands of homes and in Mexico, where the Home Depot also has stores, there were a pair of deadly earthquakes and also hurricanes.

  • NAPA, Calif.— A month after deadly wildfires swept through California's famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colors. Of the 1,200 wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino, about 10 were destroyed or heavily damaged, and 90 percent of this year's harvest already was complete, the institute said.

  • Failures of modern technology can cost "all connectivity to the world," Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said at a news conference. Nine of the 43 people who died in the devastating Northern California wildfires that began Oct. 8 were in Mendocino County, in an area called Redwood Valley, although other valleys and areas also burned in the county at the same time.

  • A downed power line and the remains of a home and a car are seen in the Larkfield-Wikiup neighborhood following the damage caused by the Tubbs Fire on October 13, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

    Facing costs from the recent Northern California wildfires, PG&E on Thursday trimmed its projected earnings guidance for the full year.

  • Tanya Williams (R) consoles her neighbor Dawn Lockhart as they view their burned homes in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, California, on October 20, 2017.

    Thousands of homes lost in the California wildfires could get built using a mass-production approach, saving costs and time, executives say.

  • The Signorello Estate winery burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region.

    Insured losses from this month's wildfire disaster in California topped $3.3 billion, the state said Tuesday.

  • A firestorm that began in Napa Valley's Calistoga destroys more than 1,000 homes and businesses in just the northwestern Coffey Park neighborhood as viewed in this aerial photo taken on October 12, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California. State officials are calling the Tubbs Fire the most destructive wildfire in history.

    The number of structures lost in California wildfires rose to 8,400 on Monday, but most blazes were at least 90 percent contained.

  • Oct 19- Travelers Cos Inc's quarterly profit fell less than Wall Street expected after a severe Atlantic storm season, helping its shares up slightly on Thursday, but it warned investors of large claims likely this quarter from wildfires raging in California. However, that was less than Wall Street had feared, and paying claims now may end up helping Travelers...

  • Oct 19- Travelers Cos Inc reported a steep decline in quarterly profit on Thursday but it beat Wall Street estimates even while recording $700 million in catastrophe losses from the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. "In a quarter of unprecedented hurricane activity, our strength in underwriting and our investment expertise enabled us to...

  • A woman looks out at the destruction caused by the Tubbs fire while holding items of emotional importance salvaged from her childhood home in the Coffey Park neighborhood on October 15, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

    The death toll in the Northern California wildfires grew to 42 people as PG&E was hit with a lawsuit in the disaster.

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) employees work to fix downed power lines burned by wildfires in this aerial photograph taken above Santa Rosa, California, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

    PG&E could be on the hook for up to $6 billion in damages if found liable for the California wildfires, according to a fire attorney.

  • Oct 17- Wineries damaged by wildfires tearing through Northern California are starting insurance claims, and at least some of the smaller vintners are likely to find limits in their policies mean payouts fall short of rebuilding costs. Gaps in coverage and a spike in rebuilding costs, typical after disaster, may come as a shock to many small wineries, favorites...

  • Trump: Democrats are obstructing my nominees

    At a meeting with his Cabinet, President Trump speaks about his nominations for government agencies being deferred by Congressional Democrats and the recovery efforts in California following widespread wildfires.

  • Santa Rosa brewery owner on California wildfire impact

    Natalie Cilurzo, co-founder of Russian River Brewing Company based in Santa Rosa, CA, discusses the impact of the California wildfires on her brewery and the community.

  • The Republican-controlled House voted 353-69 to approve $36.5 billion in emergency relief for Puerto Rico and other areas hit by recent disasters. Trump and his aides on Thursday suggested that there would be a limit to how much help Puerto Rico could expect from Washington to solve some of its longer-term problems, although Trump is expected to sign the...

  • The Republican-controlled House voted 353-69 to approve $36.5 billion in emergency relief for Puerto Rico and other areas hit by recent disasters. Trump and his aides on Thursday suggested that there would be a limit to how much help Puerto Rico could expect from Washington to solve some of its longer-term problems, although Trump is expected to sign the...

  • Burned wine barrels are seen at a destroyed Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa in California on October 10, 2017.

    Rene Byck, owner of Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, CA, discusses the damage done to his winery and events center in the California wildfires.