1.4 Million People Still Without Power In U.S. Heatwave
Millions of people across the United States have been sweatin’ it out this week with no signs of electricity or air conditioning in sight as the heatwave continues to sweep across the nation.
Out of power since Friday, Bethesda, Maryland, resident Jacqueline Hirsch went to the library to seek relief from the heat, only to find hundreds of others had the same idea.
“If you need to charge your phone or you need Internet or anything, you show up here and it’s literally a madhouse,” Hirsch told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV on Monday.
People were sitting on the floor of the library, using every available outlet to charge their laptops and cell phones.
Some of the millions without power after deadly heat-driven storms struck the area Friday flocked to malls, libraries, pools and most any other public place with electricity to seek relief from a massive heat wave blanketing much of the nation.
As of Tuesday morning, about 1.37 million customers scattered through 11 states, from Indiana to Delaware and Washington, had no electricity, down from about 1.8 million overnight — and a peak of 4 million on Friday night and Saturday, just after the storms hit. A household is considered one customer, so the actual number of people without power is higher.
Hopefully everyone is staying cool. Just not this cool.
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