Jul 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Telegraph: Temperatures rose beyond 104F (40C) in cities from Kentucky to Pennsylvania, with a record 107F (41.7C) registered briefly in Washington DC.
Some 16 murders have been recorded in New York City over the past five days, roughly twice the average rate. One city councilman described the city as a “brewing cauldron”.
At least 36 more have died across the region in incidents linked to the heat. Most victims were elderly but a four-month-old girl died in Indianapolis after being left in a hot car in 106F heat.
Two people were killed after a train derailed in Chicago, while a US Airways flight was delayed after the plane sank into the softened tarmac of a runway at Reagan airport in Washington.
Meanwhile more than 400,000 people around Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey and Indiana remain without power in their homes a full week after being lashed by storms, leaving them with no cooling systems or refrigeration.