The National Weather Service forecast excessive heat from Illinois to Georgia, a day after a deadly "derecho"--or fast-moving "straight-line" of high winds--ripped through the nation's midsection, while record triple-digit temperatures throttled several major cities. Atlanta hit 106 degrees on Saturday, one of more than 1,500 U.S. temperature records broken last week.
"It is very unsafe outdoors for those susceptible to these extreme conditions," the weather service warned. The heat combined with moderate humidity will result in heat indices topping 115 degrees.
"I'm very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said. Close to a million people were without power in Ohio late Saturday, and Kasich said it could take up to a week to restore power in some areas.
President Obama authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to coordinate disaster relief in Ohio, according to Reuters. States of emergency have been declared in Ohio, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia, where 232 Amtrak passengers were stranded for more than 20 hours after trees fell across the tracks on both sides of the Chicago-bound train.
"This is not a one-day situation," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said. "It is a multi-day challenge." Read Original Story Here
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