As wildfires rage up and down much of California, a record-setting
heatwave has the state on high alert for power outages. The agency that
oversees California`s electrical grid warned that soaring demand could
prompt blackouts. In Sacramento, the capital, Tuesday, the thermometer hit
a record 116 degrees. Last year, more Americans died from extreme heat than
from any other weather hazard, far more than floods, tornadoes, hurricanes,
or extreme cold.
ANNE-MARIE GREEN: It`s Wednesday, September 7th, 2022. This is the CBS MORNING NEWS. Power Grid concerns demands hit an all-time high in California, as millions of people face record breaking temperatures, wildfires, and possible blackouts. Top secret, bombshell details from the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. The new report about a nuclear document found on the property. Teen vaping investigation. E-cigarette company Juul agrees to settle a Class Action Lawsuit. The massive fine over its marketing practices.
Well, good morning and good to be with you, I`m Anne-Marie Green. We begin with dangerous conditions out west, as millions of people in California faced a record heatwave that is pushing the power grid to the breaking point and fueling deadly wildfires. Temperatures topped 100 degrees for a seventh straight day yesterday. California managed to avoid rolling blackouts as the electrical grid hit record high demand. But with highs forecast for well over 100 again today in some places, the state`s power supply will be pushed to the brink. The brutal heat is also complicating the situation for fire crews as they battled multiple wildfires across the state that have killed at least four people. Astrid Martinez is in -- here in New York with the details on all of this. Astrid, good morning.
ASTRID MARTINEZ: Anne-Marie, good morning. Residents are trying to stay cool amid one of the worst heatwaves in recent history. Firefighters battling more than a dozen wildfires up and down the state.
ASTRID MARTINEZ (voiceover): As wildfires rage up and down much of California, a record-setting heatwave has the state on high alert for power outages. The agency that oversees California`s electrical grid warned that soaring demand could prompt blackouts.
GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM (D-California): These triple-digit temperatures throughout much of our state are leading, not surprisingly, to record demand on the energy grid.
JUSTICE SMITH (California Resident): We`re keeping the air on, but we`re trying to keep it on more at nighttime.
ASTRID MARTINEZ (voiceover): In Sacramento, the capital, Tuesday, the thermometer hit a record 116 degrees. Last year, more Americans died from extreme heat than from any other weather hazard, far more than floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, or extreme cold. In Southern California, the Fairview Fire has taken at least two lives. Tuesday, it forced more evacuations east of Los Angeles.
STEPHANIE ORR (Evacuee): Thankfully, we`re all right. A few of our other neighbors are all right.
ASTRID MARTINEZ (voiceover): The Mill Fire just south of the Oregon border, now nearly 4,000 acres in size, killed two women over the weekend.
MAN: We feel for our community. It`s heartbreaking for us when we hear these things.
ASTRID MARTINEZ (voiceover): This all happening, as California is entering what is normally the worst part of its fire season.
ASTRID MARTINEZ (on camera): Now, evidence that wildfire season has gotten more intense recently. In the last five years, California has logged its largest and most destructive fires in the state history. Anne-Marie?
ANNE-MARIE GREEN: Astrid Martinez in New York. Astrid, thank you so much. Well, the first day of public school classes in Seattle are canceled today after teachers voted to authorize a strike. The teachers union says 95 percent of ballots returned by members were in favor of going on strike if an agreement with school officials can`t be reached. The issues include mental health support, workload, and maintaining staffing ratios for special education and multilingual students.
JAMILLAH BOMANI (Leschi Elementary Teacher): We want to be here on Wednesday. We want to be ready. But we want to make sure we are coming back to school with everything we need and everything our students need.
ANNE-MARIE GREEN: The start of classes in the Seattle suburb of Kent have been delayed almost two weeks after teachers there went on strike. And there is new information about some of the classified material seized from former President Trump`s Florida estate. The Washington Post says a document describing a foreign government`s nuclear capabilities was found by FBI agents last month. That`s according to people familiar with the matter. And the name of the -country and the location of where the documents were found at Mar-a-Lago were not disclosed. In response, a spokesman for Trump tweeted, "The Washington Post continues to serve as the propaganda arm of the Biden administration. They collude in never-ending leaks and lies at the expense of the integrity of the FBI and DOJ."
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