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July 18th, 2013
06:14 AM ET

Oppressive Heat Wave Hits the East

It promises to be another brutal day for much of the country with hot, humid air oppressing residents from New York to Washington D.C.

“All across the region temperatures are crowding one-hundred degrees,” CNN’s Tom Foreman reports.

“With electrical grids struggling to support the soaring demand for air conditioning, some people are being warned to conserve in whatever way they can,” Foreman says.

“In a suburban county outside of Washington, D.C., the failure of a massive water line worried hundreds of thousands of customers, and prompted mandatory usage restrictions, while utility crews rushed the repairs.”

The heat is unrelenting, with reports that at least six people are dead.

“Even though the East is the hottest, much of the nation is getting grilled, with many communities opening cooling centers for elderly people and cautioning everyone to take it easy.”

Luckily, Foreman says, “cooler temperatures are expected by the weekend.”

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July 1st, 2013
05:51 AM ET

West, Southwest baking under triple-digit temps – Tory Dunnan reports

A record-breaking heat wave is baking the west and southwest—with no immediate end in sight.

In California's Death Valley—one of the hottest places on earth—they haven't seen this kind of heat in almost a century.

CNN's Tory Dunnan has details.

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July 4th, 2012
09:25 AM ET

VIDEO: W. Va. town on water conservation alert – Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester on extent of crisis

Lewisburg, W. Va. Mayor John Manchester on the race to restore power to residents as a food and water shortage grows.

Filed under: Heat wave • Power outage
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
July 3rd, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Official: Maryland utility companies racing to restore power

Maryland Emergency Management's Ken Mallette on the latest in efforts to restore power to thousands in the state.

Filed under: Heat wave
July 3rd, 2012
06:01 AM ET

Historic, unrelenting heat wave continues as millions lack power – Sandra Endo on why restoration is taking so long

(CNN) - Blistering temperatures will continue in many states Tuesday, as hundreds of thousands were still sweating and stuck without power from deadly heat-driven storms.

Extreme heat warnings were issued for parts of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan Tuesday with the National Weather Service saying that those areas would be scorched with near and above triple-digit temperatures for days.

Heat advisory warnings were also in place Tuesday for different parts of Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, as well as parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Cities and towns in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast have already endured temperatures in the high 90s and above 100 degrees since, in some cases, the middle of last week. It's all part of a system tied to the breaking or tying of more than 2,238 hot weather records nationwide between June 25 and July 1, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

All this comes as about 1.8 million people scattered from the District of Columbia through 11 states, from Indiana to Delaware, had no electricity Monday night.

This morning on "Early Start," Sandra Endo has the latest on the race to restore power for millions of Americans.


Filed under: Heat wave