Wildfires' Impact Still Being Felt As Winter Storms Races Across U.S.

Jan 18, 2019  | 2 min  | Ep4422

The National Weather Service is caught up in the partial shutdown. Vital data for an upcoming winter storm is being provided even as forecasters remain unpaid.

Severe weather has also had a devastating effect on more than one business putting them in a financial corner.

Paul Yeager has the details. Producer contact paul.yeager@iptv.org

The impacts of the 2017 and 2018 California wildfire seasons are still being felt as the nation’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, announced intentions of filing for bankruptcy. The company faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over catastrophic fires that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. PG&E’s filing is expected by the end of the month and would be the largest bankruptcy by a utility in U.S. history.

Scientists in the West were concerned about forecast massive rains this week that would have precipitated mudslides. Local officials prepared as best they could, but less than expected rainfall limited damage.

Clean up in the Show Me State, and beyond, was a major activity in places from Columbia, Missouri to Baltimore, Maryland. More than a foot of snow was left behind from a storm that killed at least three people and cut power for tens of thousands.

The National Weather Service has winter watches and warnings from the Rockies to Maine as the storm moves east.

Schools in the Midwest were delaying or cancelling classes altogether on Friday.

Travelers tried to outrun the storm in Iowa where 4 to 8 inches are in the forecast. The snow amounts are expected to be higher in the eastern United States. 

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.   

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