Tropical Storm Wilfred formed in the eastern Atlantic this morning, the latest storm in a record-breaking 2020 hurricane season that has now exhausted the list of hurricane names. It was soon followed by Alpha and Beta, the first uses of a Greek letter for a storm since 2005.
Smoke from wildfires burning across California will hover over the North Bay, Eastern Contra Costa County, and the Livermore Valley, officials said.
Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally threatened more misery for parts of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama on Thursday. Georgia and the Carolinas were also warned of flooding.
The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could lead to new wildfire.”
Hurricane Sally is crawling toward the northern Gulf Coast at just 2 mph, a pace that's enabling the storm to gather huge amounts of water to eventually dump on land.
Hurricane Paulette has made a rare landfall in Bermuda as a strong Category 1 storm just hours after the wealthy British territory shuttered schools, government agencies and air and sea ports.
The alert through Monday will mark the 28th consecutive Spare the Air Alert called as fires continue to burn throughout California and other states, creating unhealthy air.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will allow former inmate firefighters to expunge their records and become professional firefighters.
Cities including Fairfield, San Rafael, San Francisco and Oakland were awash in purple, the color the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has chosen for "unhealthy air." All the cities had Air Quality Indexes of 200 or more.
The National Weather Service said that "Unfortunately, we're not seeing anything that will significantly change our current situation."
A number of Northern California wildfires sent a thick, sometimes orange-glowing haze over the area Wednesday that left the Bay Area in an eerie darkness all day. The sun was blocked by the smoke.
For many business owners, though, it's not the smoke that stings.
Others around the Bay Area also documented hazy horizons, red suns and gray skies -- all the result of the raging wildfires burning around California, which as of this week had scorched a record-setting 2.3 million acres of earth
Together, the three fire complexes burned more than 850,000 acres of land. That is about half of the state's total: More than 2 million acres have burned in wildfires this year so far - a new record for California.
Pacific Gas and Electric said it will turn off power to customers in three phases, the first of which begins on Monday night around 9 p.m.
A record-breaking streak of Spare the Air alerts for the region is in its fourth week, with Tuesday and Wednesday the 22nd and 23rd consecutive days.
The exceptionally hot temperatures were driving the highest power use of the year, and transmission losses because of the wildfires have cut into supplies.
Elissa Harrington reports.
The cooling centers will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Gilroy Library, located at 350 West Sixth St., will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday to Monday.