As high heat baked eastern parts of the United States, violent storms on Sunday knocked out the power to more than 3 million customers.
That not only left those people in the dark, it also left them without air conditioning at a time when the heat pushed the thermometer above 40 C (104F) in some major city centres like Atlanta, Georgia.
The storms killed 13 people in the middle Atlantic region of the United States. At least 3 people have died from the heat itself.
Officials had to declare emergencies in 4 eastern states as well as Washington, DC because of the damage as hurricane force winds toppled trees and power lines. Utilities in 3 states said the damage to their power grids is “catastrophic”.
Power crews continue to work to restore service, but officials say it could take up to a week.
Unfortunately, it looks like the heat wave could last that long as well.
By WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph