At least 10 dead, millions without power – Eastern USA SUPER STORM 1 JULY 2012 HIGH WINDS RAINS TORNADO’S NEWS REPORTS
Triple-digit heat blankets broad swath of the country
* Restoring power could take up to a week in some areas
* Labor dispute adds to heat wave troubles in New York
WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – Blistering heat blanketed much of the eastern United States for the third straight day on Sunday, after violent storms that took at least a dozen lives and knocked out power to more than 3 million customers.
Emergencies were declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., on Saturday because of damage from storms that unleashed hurricane-force winds across and a 500-mile (800-km) stretch of the mid-Atlantic region.
The storms’ rampage came as sweltering temperatures topped 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in several southern cities, including Atlanta, where the mercury hit an all-time record of 106 degrees (41 Celsius), according to Accuweather.com.
Over two dozen cities across 10 states set or tied all-time record high temperatures on Friday and Saturday, including Columbia, South Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
The heat wave continued Sunday for millions of people from the Plains to the mid-Atlantic.
One of the hardest hit cities was Charlotte, North Carolina, where the mercury hovered at about 101 degrees (38.3 C) Sunday afternoon and was expected to at least tie its all-time record of 104 (40 C) later in the day.
From St. Louis, Missouri, to Washington, D.C., the forecasts were for temperatures that could climb to more all-time records.
“It is very unsafe outdoors for those susceptible to these extreme conditions,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.
‘CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE” TO POWER GRIDS
Power crews worked to restore service to homes and businesses, and officials in some areas said the job could take up to a week. Utilities in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland described damage to their power grids as catastrophic.