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32 illegal immigrants discovered inside refrigerated semitruck in Arizona, officials say

Two men are facing federal human smuggling charges after dozens of illegal immigrants were discovered locked in refrigerated semitrailer Monday night at an immigration checkpoint in southern Arizona, according to officials.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that agents inspected the trailer after a trained dog alerted them. When agents opened up the trailer, they discovered 32 Mexican and Ecuadorian nationals, all in the country illegally, hidden in the produce cargo.

“People aren’t cargo, they’re not meant to be in the back of tractor-trailers and they’re not meant to be transported in this fashion,” Border Patrol agent Joe Curran told FOX10.

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The immigrants discovered in the truck ranged in age from 16 to 53, and most were clad in long pants and short-sleeved T-shirts.

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Officials discovered 32 illegal immigrants locked in a refrigerated semitrailer at a southern Arizona immigration checkpoint on Monday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The trailer’s interior was 47 degrees, “potentially endangering the illegal immigrants locked inside,” according to CBP.

Curran told FOX10 the truck traveled up Interstate 19 until it reached the checkpoint where K-9’s detected suspicious activity.

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The trailer was 47 degrees at the time, and most were clad in long pants and short-sleeved t-shirts inside. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

“We refer vehicles to secondary where we get a better look and understanding of what is going on where we utilize this X-ray technology, which is a huge benefit,” Curran said.

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The 31-year-old driver and 30-year-old passenger, who are U.S. citizens but were not named, were arrested and charged with felony human smuggling violations.

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The group was discovered inside the trailer by using X-Rays, which showed dozens locked inside. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The 32 people discovered in the trailer were being processed at the Nogales port of entry for immigration violations, according to CBP.

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Homeland Security officials said they’ve intercepted several human smuggling attempts involving semitrucks in the Tucson Sector so far this year. The White House commented on the incident Tuesday, saying on Twitter “Smuggling humans in commercial vehicles is not only unlawful: It places the passengers in extreme danger.”

Curran echoed the same concerns to FOX10.

“If there is an accident, these people are going to be violently thrown in the back of this trailer because there are no restraints or consideration for the people being smuggled,” he said.

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London rush-hour commuters yank climate-change protesters from roofs of trains

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Don’t mess with Londoners’ morning commute.

Climate activists who crippled rush hour across London on Thursday by climbing onto the roofs of trains were met with angry commuters who took it upon themselves to drag some of them back to platforms.

British Transport Police said officers were called to three stations in east London early Thursday after protesters climbed onto the roofs of trains or glued themselves to the carriages.

The demonstrations on Thursday were part of the second week of protests organized by Extinction Rebellion that have previously targeted government buildings, London City Airport, and financial institutions in the British capital.

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Robin Boardman, a spokesman for the protesters, said that if such action is necessary to make the government take notice of their climate change demands, “then this is what we must do.”

“None of us want to inconvenience ordinary people,” he said. “That’s why we’re doing this in the morning when it will impact business as usual, and not in the evening when people want to get home to be with their loved ones.”

Videos have shown protestors using a ladder to climb on top of the roof of one train, sparking an immediate reaction from commuters on the platform. Some tossed food and drinks at protestors, which one person could be heard shouting, “I need to get to work, I have to feed my kids.”

Another video showed at least one man reaching up and grabbing the leg of a protester on top of a Tube train, dragging him onto the platform where he was quickly surrounded as he lay on the ground.

Officials told Sky News that four people were arrested at one station after gluing themselves to the doors.

One of the protesters told Reuters he glued himself to a Docklands Light Railway train “for my grandchildren.”

“I’m just here to ring an alarm bell, to wake people up and say please open your eyes,” Phil Kingston, 83, told the news agency.

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Police said they have arrested a total of 8 people and urged protesters not to target London’s underground rail network.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the protesters, saying it was an “unfair burden on our already overstretched police officers.”

“This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners who use public transport to get to work,” he said.

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More than 1,400 people have been arrested since the group began blocking roads, bridges and airports in London over a week ago to demand faster action on climate change. Most have been released without being charged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Bomb Cyclone’ slams Northeast with heavy rain, winds as hundreds of thousands without power

A rapidly intensifying coastal storm known as a “bomb cyclone” has brought torrential rain and gusty winds to the Northeast, causing numerous trees to be downed and leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

The National Weather Services’ Weather Prediction Center said the storm will continue to bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and the threat of coastal flooding to parts of New England through Thursday before heading into Canada by Friday. Several inches of rain fell from Washington D.C. through Boston, which has now shifted up from upstate New York through Maine.

“The story that’s going to continue if you live in this region, we are under wind watches, warnings, advisories, from the Mid-Atlantic running all the way up the coast,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on “Fox & Friends.”

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The “bomb cyclone” can be seen off the coast of the Northeast on Thursday. (NOAA/GOES East)

“It is breezy out here,” Klotz added.

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The storm has brought powerful winds along the coast, with a wind gust of up to 90 mph in Provincetown, Mass. reported overnight, according to the NWS.

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Wind advisories and warnings stretch from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. (Fox News)

“This wind, unfortunately, is going to stick with us the rest of the day,” Klotz said.

Those winds have caused numerous trees to fall throughout the region, closing roads and bringing down power lines. Around 400,000 customers are without power across the Northeast, with the highest number of outages in Maine and Massachusetts, according to PowerOutage.us.

The Duxbury Fire Department in Massachusetts reported that many roads are “completely impassible” due to downed wires and trees.

“Use extreme caution,” officials said.

Numerous schools were closed throughout the Boston area and the MBTA warned that commuter rail riders should expect “severe delays” due to so many downed wires and trees, Boston 25 reported.

The winds were so powerful in the town of Duxbury, Mass. that several dinghies were blown out of the water onto the shoreline.

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The storm has also impacted MLB postseason baseball.

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Rain from the “bomb cyclone” has shifted north away from the big cities of the Northeast. (Fox News)

Game 4 of the AL Championship Series scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed a day because of poor weather, with Game 5 pushed to Friday night at Yankee Stadium and Games 6 and 7 in Houston on Saturday and Sunday, if necessary. The Houston Astros beat New York Yankees 4-1 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 series lead.

The winner will face Washington and its well-rested, talented rotation starting in the AL city on Tuesday night.

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The coastal storm impacting the Northeast met the criteria to be known as “bomb cyclone,” which means it rapidly intensified, dropping 24 millibars (or atmospheric pressure) over a 24-hour span, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A typical range in millibars is around 10 to 15.

Forecasters said once the storm moves out, that temperatures should be “rather cool” for October, with daytime highs as much as 10 to 20 degrees below normal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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3 US diplomats detained near secret Russian military training ground: officials

Three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train and detained Monday near a mysterious military site in northwestern Russia where a deadly explosion and radiation leak took place back in August, according to officials.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that the three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train when it arrived in Severodvinsk, a city of 183,000.

The U.S. State Department confirmed to Fox News the diplomats were taken off the train and were in the country on official travel after properly filing travel with the Russian Defense Ministry.

“The American diplomats were on official travel and had properly notified Russian authorities of their travel,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.

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Russian broadcaster REN-TV reported the three Americans did not present documents for staying in Severodvinsk, which is a city located in a list of territories that are under regulation for visits by foreign citizens.

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Three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train and detained Monday after arriving in the city of Severodvinsk, located near a secret military testing site where a deadly explosion and radiation leak took place in August. (Bing/Fox News)

The group of Americans was detained after Russian authorities conducted a check of passengers on the train when it arrived in the city, according to REN-TV.

Interfax reported the U.S. diplomats had been let go, but are regarded to have broken Russian law. Officials have not yet released any additional information.

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The port city of Severodvinsk is located near the military shooting range in Nyonoksa, in the country’s far northern Arkhangelsk region.

On Aug. 8, five nuclear workers were killed during a rocket engine test near the White Sea in an area considered part of the testing range. Russia’s Defense Ministry initially said the blast killed two people and injured six, but the state-controlled nuclear agency, Rosatom, later disclosed that the explosion killed five of its workers and injured three others. Rosatom said the explosion occurred while engineers were testing “a nuclear isotope power source” for a rocket and were thrown into the sea by the explosion.

A Russian newspaper later reported that two of the patients that were injured in the blast died from radiation sickness before they could be taken to Moscow for treatment.

The mysterious explosion was followed by a brief rise in radiation levels in nearby Severodvinsk, but the authorities insisted the recorded levels didn’t pose any danger to local residents. Russia’s state weather agency, Rosgidromet, said it believed radiation levels had risen up to 16 times after the accident when a cloud of radioactive gases drifted across the area in the wake of the blast.

Weeks later, the weather agency said that radioactive isotopes were been discovered in test samples.

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Russian officials’ changing and contradictory accounts of the incident have drawn comparisons to Soviet attempts to cover up the 1986 explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

The Russian Defense Ministry at first denied any radiation leak in the incident, even as authorities in nearby Severodvinsk reported a brief rise in radiation levels and advised residents to stay indoors and close the windows.

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President Vladimir Putin has praised the victims of the disaster, saying they were doing “very important work for the nation’s security,” but kept mum on what type of weapon they were testing. U.S. defense officials and outside observers believe it was a missile Russia calls the 9M730 Burevestnik. The NATO alliance has designated it the SSC-X-9 Skyfall, which was first revealed by Putin in March 2018 along with other doomsday weapons.

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Woman robbed Colorado liquor store with help from 6-year-old child, police say

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Authorities in Colorado are looking for a woman who robbed a liquor store in Denver last week while she was caring for two young children — one of whom helped her with the robbery, according to police.

The incident at an East Alameda Ave. liquor store occurred Oct. 9 at about 2:10 p.m., according to a Denver Police Department tweet.

The woman, who has not been identified, entered the liquor store and soon proceeded to rummage through shelves and the cash registers, “taking a large sum of money.”

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The manager of the liquor store told FOX31 the woman made off with several thousand dollars, though an exact amount wasn’t made public.

Denver Police said the woman had a boy and a girl with her who both appeared to be approximately 6 years old. The 6-year-old boy helped in the search for cash behind the counter of the store, according to police.

Police released a photo of the woman caught on surveillance cameras as she spoke on her phone and walked through the store.

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Before hitting the liquor store, the woman also walked into a convenience store in the same strip mall and allegedly used her children there, too, as a diversion while she pilfered items such as lotion and body wash.

“It’s not an excuse to use your kids to do such a thing,” the manager of the convenience store told FOX31.

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Denver Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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Maryland police officer shot, killed in Montgomery County parking garage

A police officer in Maryland died Monday morning after he was discovered shot in a parking garage just outside the nation’s capital, officials said.

The Montgomery County Police Department said the incident happened just before 9 a.m. in downtown Silver Spring, north of Washington, D.C., after the officer was investigating the report of a “disorderly subject.”

Other officers who arrived to provide backup found the officer wounded on the garage’s top floor. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died, said Marcus Jones, the acting Montgomery County Police chief, at a news conference.

Jones identified the officer as Thomas J. Bomba, 38, a 13-year veteran of the department who was assigned to the 3rd District.

“Officer Bomba was a very dedicated officer who worked in downtown Silver Spring,” Jones said. “We have typically been made aware of many different types of crimes that occur in downtown and Officer Bomba always been actively involved on patrol and addressing a lot of the concerns that have occurred in downtown Silver Spring.”

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A police officer was found shot in a parking garage in downtown Silver Spring, Md., on Monday morning. (Fox 5)

The incident spawned a massive police response in Silver Spring, with aerial images showing dozens of police vehicles in the parking garage where the shooting unfolded.

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The incident caused a massive emergency response in downtown Silver Spring, closing several roads. (Fox 5)

Tactical teams and officers also were seen sweeping different levels of the garage. No suspects have been detained and no descriptions of possible suspects were available, Jones said.

At an earlier media briefing, Montgomery County Police Captain Thomas Jordan said, “to describe this as an all-hands-on-deck operation would be an understatement.”

Jones said the case was being investigated as a homicide, but he also said there was no indication of an “ongoing” public safety threat.

He said Bomba was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting but was not sure if it had been activated. The officer’s weapon turned up at the scene but it was not clear if he returned fire, Jones told reporters.

Investigators were working with nearby businesses with surveillance cameras to see if any recorded the shooting, Jones said.

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Some roads in the area were closed to traffic and students at several schools were sheltering in place earlier Monday, Fox 5 reported.

Bomba left behind a wife and two children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Super Typhoon Hagibis may be strongest to hit Japan in decades, 2 Rugby World Cup games canceled

A powerful super typhoon taking aim at mainland Japan this weekend is threatening to bring torrential rains and strong winds as major sports events and flights have already been canceled Thursday and officials warned of “freak waves” that could strike the coast.

Super Typhoon Hagibis, which means speed in Filipino, had maximum sustained winds of up to 168 mph and stronger gusts at noon local time Thursday near Chichi island in the Pacific, about 1,000 620 miles off Tokyo’s southern coast. It was moving north at the speed of 12 mph and is expected to weaken over cooler waters as it nears Japan’s main island.

The storm has typhoon-force winds that extend outward up to 90 miles, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 235 miles from the center.

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The storm — currently with winds the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic — is forecast to weaken as it approaches Japan.

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This Oct. 9, 2019, satellite photo taken by NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite shows typhoon Hagibis approaching Japan. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon is forecast to hit ashore in the Tokyo area late Saturday and may bring up to 24 inches of rain across parts of the region, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

In addition to the threat of heavy rain, meteorologists are also warning that “freak waves” twice the size of normal waves may strike coastal regions in the coming days. The storm may wind up being more destructive than Typhoon Ida, which left 1,269 dead when it struck Japan in 1958, experts told the South China Morning Post.

Hagibis has already caused cancellations of two Rugby World Cup matches that were to be played Saturday. Organizers canceled the England-France match planned in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and New Zealand-Italy game in Toyota, in central Japan.

Organizers will leave a decision until Sunday on the Japan-Scotland match at Yokohama, which is scheduled to conclude the group stage that night.

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Alan Gilpin, left, tournament director for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Japan Rugby 2019 CEO Akira Shimazu, right, attend during a press briefing on update relating to the anticipated impact of Typhoon Hagibis. (.AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko))

“In principle, we make the decision six hours before kickoff but we would like to make this as early as possible on Sunday,” Japan Rugby 2019 chief executive Akira Shimazu said at a news conference. “We will look at the damage, we will consider carefully. We will make every effort so the spectators will see the match.”

Organizers also called off a marathon in Sendai and other northern coastal towns while a Formula One auto racing in Suzuka in central Japan may also be affected.

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The approaching storm has caused airlines and railway companies to warn that services will be canceled over the three-day weekend, including Sports Day holiday on Monday. All Nippon Airways said it is grounding all domestic flights Saturday in and out of Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita international airports.

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This Oct. 9, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Kyonan, near Tokyo. Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (Kyodo News via AP)

East Japan Railway Co. said that bullet trains and other major services could be halted by the storm and planned to announce details early Friday.

“Our goal is to notify passengers as soon as possible,” spokesman Yuji Ishikawa told the Japan Times.

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The approaching typhoon is spreading fear especially in Chiba, near Tokyo, which was hit by Typhoon Faxai last month and many residents are still recovering from damage to their homes. The typhoon tore many electrical poles and snapped cables, triggering extensive outages that lasted for weeks, contributing to heat illnesses and other health problems among elderly people.

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This Oct. 8, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Tateyama, near Tokyo. (Kyodo News via AP)

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, at a regular news conference, said the government will do the utmost for the people’s safety, and urged residents near the typhoon route to take precautions early.

Local offices in Chiba city already started distributing free sandbags to shield against flooding. The city also cautioned against power outages from potential typhoon damage and urged residents to make sure they have enough food, water, and their phones are charged.

Japan is regularly hit by Pacific storms, including Faxai in September. Typhoon Jebi flooded a terminal and a runway at Kansai International Airport last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Nevada police officer saves American flag from side of Las Vegas highway

The keen eye of a police officer in Nevada helped rescue a wayward version of Old Glory from the shoulder of a busy Las Vegas-area highway.

The Nevada Highway Patrol shared on Facebook a video of the moment that Trooper Jason Buratczuk, an Air Force veteran, pulled over along the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue on Oct. 2, after he spotted the American flag on the side of the road.

“It’s not just a piece of fabric. It’s a symbol of our country,” he told FOX5. “People have bled and died for that.”

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Buratczuk had first spotted the flag in the northbound lanes but kept driving past. He then decided to circle back around to retrieve it.

“I was thinking, ‘How could someone let this fall off their car?'” he told FOX5.

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Nevada Highway Trooper Jason Buratczuk got out along Interstate 15 to retrieve an American flag from the side of the roadway. (Nevada Highway Patrol)

Video released by police shows the officer pulled over to the left side of the roadway and getting out to retrieve the flag as cars zip past.

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The highway patrol said that Buratczuk collected the flag and immediately brought it to a local American Legion Lodge. The American Legion took possession of the flag and will properly retire it in a burning ceremony that is held about every six months.

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Officials are asking drivers who may spot a flag on the side of the road to not retrieve it themselves due to safety concerns, but to contact NHP instead to have a trooper pick it up.

For Buratczuk, whose father, brother, cousins, and grandparents all served in the Armed Forces, the flag represents more than just the fabric its stitched from.

“Maybe we’d be better off if we take a minute and think of what the flag represents, and what it means to people,” he told FOX5.

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California wildfire risk may cause power outages in 30 counties for more than 600,000 customers

The largest utility in California has warned it may cut off power for large parts of the northern part of the Golden State starting Wednesday and Thursday to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires during expected warm, windy weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 5 a.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday for the North Bay Mountains and Valleys and East Bay hills and valleys in the San Francisco Bay Area due to “extreme fire danger.”

“Really extreme fire weather is what we’re looking at right now, what the weather models are showing,” Cal Fire Chief Mike Mohler told FOX40 on Monday, adding: “This is the largest, most concerning event that we’ve had in 2019.”

Cal Fire said the agency is preparing for a widespread period of conditions that could allow blazes to spread and is starting additional aircraft, ground crews, and personnel to respond if needed.

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A similar warning has been issued for the Santa Cruz Mountains from 5 p.m. Wednesday through noon on Thursday due to a combination of “gusty and potentially strong, damaging north or northeast winds” combined with low humidity.

“Strongest winds are expected in the hills, but gusty winds will develop locally in the valleys and near the coast as well,” the NWS San Francisco Bay Area office said in a forecast discussion. “These conditions will result in critical fire weather conditions from Wednesday into Thursday, especially across the  North Bay, East Bay, and Santa Cruz Mountains.”

Forecasters said the windy stretch of weather may be the strongest offshore wind event in the area since the October 2017 North Bay Fires.

In Northern California, Pacific Gas & Electric announced possible blackouts in 30 northern and central counties starting Wednesday that could affect more than 600,000 customers. The utility said that, based on the latest forecast models, the peak winds will occur from early Wednesday morning to Thursday midday and customers may be affected by a power shutoff even if they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their specific location.

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Pacific Gas & Electric said it could cut off power to a large swath of Northern California later this week to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

“This is shaping up to be one of the most severe dry wind events we’ve seen in our territory in recent years and we want our customers to be prepared for an extended outage that may last several days,” Michael Lewis, senior vice president, PG&E Electric Operations, said in a statement. “We want our customers to be aware that, based on this number, it could take several days to fully restore power after the weather passes and safety inspections are completed.”

While PG&E has not confirmed any power shutoffs, the local police departments have announced that outages are likely.

The Lafayette Police Department said that 21,421 PG&E customers in the towns of Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette in Contra Costa County could expect a shutoff beginning shortly after midnight on Wednesday and lasting through at least Thursday afternoon.

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Pacific Gas & Electric may shut off power in parts of 30 counties in the northern and central parts of California on Wednesday and Thursday due to increased fire danger. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Officials said area residents should plan for family and pet medical needs, in addition to having enough fuel and water for each person and pet.

“Remember, gas stations, stores and ATMs in the immediate area will be closed,” police said, adding, “Know how to use the manual release on your garage door”

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On Monday evening around 4:30 p.m. Napa County officials said the utility was shutting off power to customers starting Wednesday morning and may extend five days or longer, KTVU reported.

Cal Fire said the state’s top five most destructive fires in terms of structure loss have taken place between September and November, with three blazes erupting in October in weather conditions that were a mix of gusty winds and low humidity. In addition to being careful to prevent blazes during high fire danger periods, officials told FOX40 on Monday that everyone should also have an evacuation plan ready.

“Wildland fires know no boundaries,” Mohler told FOX40 on Monday. “So, that traditional, ‘Oh, I don’t live next to a hillside with brush,’ no longer exits. If you look at the Tubbs Fire, it jumped the 101 Freeway, six lanes and went into what we would consider an urban neighborhood.”

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, the state’s most destructive wildfire ever, that killed 85 people and destroyed in excess of 18,000 structures. Power lines owned by PG&E were blamed in sparking that blaze, and the company filed for bankruptcy in January as it struggled with billions in potential liabilities.

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Last month, PG&E shut off power to more than 48,000 customers in seven counties in wine country and the Sierra Nevada foothills as the humidity plunged, temperatures rose and winds kicked up. The outages lasted less than a day, and no major problems were reported.

In Sonoma County, PG&E cut power to 700 people in the Santa Rosa area, where the Tubbs Fire in October 2017 killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. In January, state investigators said that blaze was sparked by a private electrical system.

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Southern California Edison said that more than 106,000 customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

The risk of power outages this week isn’t just limited to Northern California. In the southern part of the state, Southern California Edison’s website showed Tuesday that more than 106,000 customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts.

The largest numbers of potentially affected SoCal Edison customers are in Los Angeles County and to the east in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Also under consideration are areas to the west in Ventura County and to the north in Kern, Tulare, Inyo, and Mono counties.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano, Samuel Chamberlain, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Colorado woman charged by 2 moose during hike, escapes unharmed

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A Colorado woman’s quick thinking helped her avoid serious injury after a pair of moose charged her while she was on a recent hike.

Audrey Dickinson of Fort Collins was hiking the Uneva Pass near Copper Mountain, located between Vail and Silverthorne, when she spotted a moose appear from the woods.

“I know you should be 75 feet from them and I was 200 feet from them,” she told FOX31.

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As she was watching the first moose, a second animal then showed up as she began to back away. Video taken by Dickinson showed the moose walking in the distance and staring at her before eventually charging towards her as she ran away.

Dickinson said she had to hide behind a tree several times to avoid being hit by the moose.

“I thought about going to a switchback behind me, but when I started moving, they started running again,” she told FOX31. “So I got back to the tree.”

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife said peak mating season for moose and elk — known as “the rut” –lasts through early October. The agency has warned motorists to be aware of animals that are more active, easily distracted and potentially more aggressive.

“Both bulls and cows are aggressive during the breeding season, with bulls often fighting head to head until the dominant bull drives off, injures, or even kills the challenger,” the agency states.

That also applies to people enjoying the outdoors. The agency told FOX31 that people should remember to give plenty of space for wildlife, including putting an object between oneself and an animal.

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Dickinson said she was eventually able to get away after standing by a tree for another few minutes.

“It could have been much worse,” she told FOX31. “It’s never worth it. I was really looking forward to this nice, long hike. The hike will be there another day.”

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