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Heat Wave Continues in Midwest: 30 Dead, Including Baby Left in Car

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) -- Much of the eastern half of the nation is suffering through another day of intense heat, but a break in temperatures is expected to begin tomorrow.
Hundreds of thousands remain without power, mostly in West Virginia, Ohio and Michigan. Crews are still dealing with the aftermath of last Friday's violent storms. Forecasters say relief is on the way in the form of a cold front as the weekend ends. But the weather system could also bring more severe weather. The rain should help many areas that have been dealing with dry spells.
It reached a record 105 degrees in the nation's capital. It was also scorching in the Midwest. St. Louis topped out at 106 and the mercury climbed to 104 in Indianapolis. Extreme readings hit 20 states, and there were triple-digit temperatures from Sioux Falls, S.D. to Baltimore.
Officials say the outbreak has caused at least 30 deaths, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago. Most of the victims were elderly.
A week of blistering heat is blamed for buckled highways, unusually warm water in Lake Michigan and a minor trail derailment in suburban Washington.
Thousands of mid-Atlantic residents are still without power more than a week after deadly summer storms and extreme heat struck the area. Most of the outages are in West Virginia. About 8,000 customers in the Washington-Baltimore area will lack electricity. A Washington-area utility meanwhile has asked customers to conserve power, saying the heat is stressing the system.

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- A baby girl, just a few months old, has died, and a 16-month-old is hospitalized, in separate incidents near Indianapolis in which children were found trapped in cars during record-setting 105-degree heat.
The baby who died was found by police this afternoon in Greenfield, about 25 miles west of Indianapolis. Police say it appears she had been left in the car for "an extended period of time." Police aren't providing further information, saying the investigation is continuing.
In the town of Fishers, 15 miles northwest of Indianapolis, police broke a side window of a Ford Explorer SUV to rescue a 16-month-old girl who was locked inside. Police had been called to a store parking lot and found the child. They say the girl began having seizures shortly after she was taken inside an air-conditioned building. She was taken to a hospital. There's no word on her condition.
The mother of the girl has been charged with neglect.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- People who've been enduring a day of record-breaking heat in the eastern half of the country are doing what they can to stay cool.
Among the kayakers today in a 1,900-foot-long manmade whitewater course near downtown South Bend, Ind., was Robert Henry. He says he sometimes rolls his kayak over in the water, "just to cool off."
A New York man says he rode a Manhattan subway back and forth for a half hour with no destination in mind, just to enjoy the air conditioning. Then he headed to a movie -- along with lots of others who were there as much to cool off as for the entertainment.
Golfer Zeb Rogerson figured he could beat the heat by teeing off at 6 a.m. at a golf course in Alexandria, Va., It didn't work. He was sweltering by the end of his round.
One man brought his three daughters to dance in jets of water spurting from a "sprayground" near Philadelphia's Logan Square fountain. Micah Straight says he figured they'd be staying inside once it got hotter in the afternoon -- so he wanted them to "get some sunshine" and "get tired."


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