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July 4th, 2012
06:42 AM ET

Food, water in short supply in W.Va. as utility crews race to restore power – Brian Todd reports

(CNN) –– Though it is Independence Day, a national holiday, utility workers will continue working feverishly to help the more than a million people stuck in an unrelenting heatwave without power.

Excessive heat warnings were in place Wednesday for portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri Illinois and Kentucky with the National Weather Service saying that those areas would be scorched with temperatures near or above triple digits. Heat advisory warnings were in place for a handful of states, including parts of South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and West Virginia.

As of early Wednesday morning, about 1.1 million customers scattered across 11 states. And as crews tried to restore power many were left overheated and frustrated. In the West Virginia city of Parkersburg on Tuesday some residents said they were without power for four days.

This morning on "Early Start," Brian Todd describes the dire situation in West Virginia, where the states is now facing a food and water crisis.


Filed under: Heat wave • Power outage
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  1. Chuky

    I agree with you on Giuliani (I had a headache!) and Hillary, and that score is bilnlrait since it will be political suicide.But maybe you are off with Obama, even though he is clearly liberal, he connects with people, has that Kennedy charisma and when a politico has this it doesn't matter too much what his extreme policies are since these races are about 80% popularity contests only. You only need to remember George W Bush, and Mike Huckabee today, to see that. And off course I don't agree with you on Romney. I think he's finished and now the GOP simply doesn't have an establishment candidate because it is undergoing a fundamental change. This means that they won't win the general election and because of this they will be a totally different party in '12. Something similar to what happened with Blair in the mid '90s, they changed radically to survive and succeeded. But things could change if another candidate has a saw-not see- MLK moment off course.

    July 29, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply

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