Extreme heat bakes Midwest, parts of East Coast


Associated Press

 PHILADELPHIA — Highways are buckling in Wisconsin, water use has been cut back in Indiana and those who have power in the mid-Atlantic are being asked to conserve it.

And the heat gripping much of the country is only expected to worsen today.
People in Philadelphia are expecting temperatures of more than 100 degrees, authorities warn of excessive heat in the Midwest and hundreds of thousands of customers in the mid-Atlantic and the Appalachians are without electricity, and air conditioning, following violent storms. Some have been without power for more than a week.
Yesterday, temperatures in parts of Indiana and Arkansas got as high as 106 degrees.
The heat wave is being blamed for at least 23 deaths. In central Ohio, three people who had heart disease died in the extreme heat. A coroner official in Licking County says had they gotten into the cool, they probably would have survived.
UPDATE: More than 1 week after storms, nearly 150,000 still without power in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly 150,000 utility customers remain without power in West Virginia as excessive heat warnings are being issued across the state.
Appalachian Power reported 75,741 customers without power on Saturday, while MonPower said 48,563 customers are still seeking power.
The outages are the result of storms that swept over the state on June 29. In Kanawha County, more than 18,000 Appalachian Power customers remain without power.
The county has established cooling centers and shelters where residents without power can find some relief from the heat, which could hit 100 degrees.
Ice and water distribution centers are also open.