Cooler air also bringing more storms, power outages


Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 9 at 12:32 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A cold front moving southward through the eastern half of the country is finally cooling things off after nearly a week of oppressive heat.

But the front did not arrive before more records were set today.

The National Weather Service says North Carolina's Triangle area suffered through a sixth straight day of temperatures hitting 100 degrees or more, the area's longest stretch since the weather service began keeping records in 1944.

Forecasters say the front should begin to ease temperatures in North Carolina starting tomorrow, as it has farther north. In Michigan today, the weather service says highs made it only to the 70s and 80s, with Ypsilanti the hot spot at 88.

Utilities are reporting progress with restoring power to locations that have been without it since violent storms swept across the region more than a week ago.

But the front is bringing the threat of more severe storms.

In West Virginia, Appalachian Power says storms have forced it to halt work in some areas because of concern for workers' safety. At last count, about 77,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity in the state and the number of outages is increasing again.

Outages also number in the thousands in Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and New Jersey.

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169-w-33-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Sherry Sadighim and Aitan Eliach, New Yorkers who were in Central Park)--The heat that blanketed much of the U.S. is expected to go from unbearable to merely very hot and taper off the rest of the week. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. ((cut contains the word 'hell')) (8 Jul 2012)

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166-a-13-(Greg Carbin, meteorologist, Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview)-"afternoon evening hours"-Meteorologist Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center says the storm will pass through areas that were hit by last week's big storm. ((watch for dating)) (8 Jul 2012)

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167-a-11-(Greg Carbin, meteorologist, Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview)-"power lines down"-Meteorologist Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center says this storm could lead to more power outages. ((watch for dating)) (8 Jul 2012)

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168-a-06-(Greg Carbin, meteorologist, Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview)-"quite a relief"-Meteorologist Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center says the unsettled weather will bring with it some cooler temperatures. ((refers to Monday as 'tomorrow'))((watch for dating)) (8 Jul 2012)

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165-a-11-(Greg Carbin, meteorologist, Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview)-"in that area"-Meteorologist Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center says severe storms are headed to portions of the Mid-Atlantic. ((watch for dating)) (8 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO WIWES101: In this Friday, July 6, 2012, photo, Hunter Guenther, 7, closes his eyes while laying down at the beach in Regner Park in West Bend, Wis. Temperatures reached into the 100s on Friday. (AP Photo/The Daily News, John Ehlke) (6 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO VAWIN101: In this Saturday, June 7, 2012, photo, a guest looks out from under her parasol while waving her fan at the start of a wedding at Historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Va. Fans and parasols were handed out to the guests attending the outdoor wedding with temperatures reaching triple digits. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Ginger Perry) (7 Jul 2012)

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