The record-breaking heat wave crippling much of the U.S. is worse because of storm related power outages as well as by New York labor disputes. In the Eastern part of the country, some 3 million customers are still without power.
The storm was so bad that Washington D.C., Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia are emergency areas. The heat wave is making a bad situation worse as people struggle to stay cool without power in many areas. Unfortunately, the power grid damage in Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland is catastrophic, which means it could be a while before power is restored making this a dangerous and deadly situation.
In Atlanta, Saturday was the hottest day ever. The city saw temperatures of 106 degrees, which is stifling hot for the residents. It broke the previous record of 105 degrees, which was set in July 1980. Sunday is also expected to break the record for July 1, which is 99 degrees. Experts predict the temp will top 103. Thank goodness for air conditioners and power.
Unfortunately, other areas are not as lucky. Now New Yorkers have to worry because Consolidated Edison Inc locked out union workers on Sunday, which means that there will be few crews available to deal with any power problems that come up. At least 8.2 million people in New York will heavily use power as the temperatures continue to rise with this heat wave.
What are you doing to stay cool in this intense heat? Do you have power concerns too?