Unrelenting heat wave bakes half the US; 30 dead

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Associated Press

Posted on July 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 7 at 9:32 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Record setting heat is roasting much of the eastern half of the nation, in an unrelenting and deadly heat wave.

It reached a record 105 degrees in the nation's capital. It was also scorching in the Midwest. St. Louis topped out at 106 and the mercury climbed to 104 in Indianapolis. Extreme readings hit 20 states, and there were triple-digit temperatures from Sioux Falls, S.D. to Baltimore.

Officials say the outbreak has caused at least 30 deaths, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago. Most of the victims were elderly.

Thousands of mid-Atlantic residents are still without power more than a week after deadly summer storms and extreme heat struck the area. Most of the outages are in West Virginia. About 8,000 customers in the Washington-Baltimore area will lack electricity. A Washington-area utility meanwhile has asked customers to conserve power, saying the heat is stressing the system.

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265-a-17-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"above 100 degrees"-Forecaster Bruce Terry, at the National Weather Service, says a high pressure system is keeping parts of the country locked in a heat wave. (6 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *265 (07/06/12)>> 00:17 "above 100 degrees"

267-a-10-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"Sunday into Monday"-Forecaster Bruce Terry, at the National Weather Service, says relief is on its way soon for much of the country. (6 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *267 (07/06/12)>> 00:10 "Sunday into Monday"

266-a-14-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"to heat up"-Forecaster Bruce Terry, at the National Weather Service, says the weather pattern over the central U.S. is keeping things hot. (6 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *266 (07/06/12)>> 00:14 "to heat up"

269-a-12-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"wear light clothing"-Forecaster Bruce Terry, at the National Weather Service, says with these high temperatures, people should try to stay inside, in air conditioning. (6 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *269 (07/06/12)>> 00:12 "wear light clothing"

271-a-14-(Karen Swanson, dog-walker, owner of Safe and Sound Pet Care, in AP interview)-"of hot weather"-Karen Swanson, a professional dog-walker, says she advises keeping dogs inside, in air-conditioning, as much as possible. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (6 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *271 (07/06/12)>> 00:14 "of hot weather"

270-w-34-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent, with Karen Swanson, pet-walker, owner of Safe and Sound Pet Care)--These dog days of summer are really tough on dogs. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports on strategies for coping with a heat wave. (6 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *270 (07/06/12)>> 00:34

273-a-09-(Karen Swanson, dog-walker, owner of Safe and Sound Pet Care, in AP interview)-"and grass available"-Karen Swanson, a professional dog-walker, says people need to take care not to burn their dogs' feet when the pavement gets really hot. (6 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *273 (07/06/12)>> 00:09 "and grass available"

268-a-20-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"par with this"-Forecaster Bruce Terry, at the National Weather Service, says this is a stubborn heat wave, but it's not all that uncommon. ((note length of cut)) (6 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *268 (07/06/12)>> 00:20 "par with this"

APPHOTO TNMEM102: Lee Shinn wears one of the umbrella shade hats he sells to beat the heat at the corner of Jackson and Springdale in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, July 6, 2012. With temperatures again reaching the 100 degree mark, Shinns shady solution is a steal at three dollars a piece. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Brandon Dill) (6 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO ILJAC101: A volunteer firefighter cools himself before reentering a house fire in 100-plus degree weather in rural Meredosia, Ill., Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Robert Leistra) (6 Jul 2012)

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