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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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