Ummid Assistant

IDB scholarship forms available at Bhopal's Companion School

IGNOU's preparatory course for students desiring higher education

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home International

Millions of Americans battle blistering heat without power

Monday July 02, 2012 07:15:10 PM, Arun Kumar, IANS

Related Articles

Storm knocks Washington powerless

A savage storm has knocked Washington, the capital of world's most powerful country, powerless with temperatures topping sizzling 40s, much like an Indian summer. Over 1.3 million homes and businesses in  

Washington: Washington was Monday slowly limping back to normal even as hundreds of thousands of residents across central and eastern United States continued to battle power failures caused by savage weekend storms.

At least 16 people were killed from the series of storms that knocked out power to millions over the weekend amid record-breaking heat that has baked areas from Missouri to New York to Georgia, according to CNN.

Even as crews worked round the clock to restore power, the weatherman offered no respite from the blistering heat that is expected to smother areas from Missouri to South Carolina Monday, with at least 16 states under heat advisories or warnings.

"Hot and hotter will continue to be the story from the Plains to the Atlantic Coast the next few days," the National Weather Service said Monday.

"The widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories have certainly decreased in coverage, but temperatures will remain well above average across a large portion of the US."

Hundreds of thousands of people from Indiana through Maryland were still without electricity even as the number of storm-related power breakdowns came down from a peak of about four million.

Meanwhile, in Washington metropolitan area with nearly a half-million households still without power and hundreds of traffic lights still dark, non-emergency employees of federal agencies have been given the option to take casual leave or work remotely Monday.

Power companies are calling in reinforcements from as far away as Missouri, Oklahoma and Canada, and the National Guard is pitching in to help with storm cleanup, according to Washington Post.

By Monday morning, about 492,000 Washington area households and businesses - nearly one in four of the region's electric customers - were still without power, the Post said citing data on utility web sites.

Many without power snapped up free bags of ice, others jumped into swimming pools opened as cooling centres. Yet others went to the movies or simply drove around in air-conditioned cars even as some petrol pumps that reopened Sunday charged a higher price.

And even as the temperature at Dulles International Airport Sunday reached a record for the day of 96 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the record of 94 F set in 1968, officials said it might be a week before all power is restored.



(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)




 




 

 

Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

i

i

More Headlines

Once there was Hindutva Terror...?

Karnataka crisis: Nine ministers withdraw resignations

Spain wins Euro 2012 final, smashing Italy 4-0

Kuwait emir accepts Prime Minister's resignation

Storm knocks Washington powerless

Akhilesh 100 days in office

Fasih Mehmood's wife seeks fast track trial

Northeast floods render 75,000 homeless, relief stepped up

Carnage and the Motives: Anti Muslim violence and Anti Sikh Massacre

Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony

Terms of Indira-Abdullah 1975 accord were never fulfilled: Mustafa Kamal

Rekindling hopes: Manmohan signals a course correction

Whose holiday homework is it: Parents or kids?

The Simla accord -- 40 years later

Geneva talks call for transitional government in Syria

i

 

 

 

Top Stories

Rekindling hopes: Manmohan signals a course correction

The prime minister in ways more than one was not particularly happy with the way the finance ministry was being run under Mukherjee. There was also this mismatch in terms of a liberal versus a conservative. 

PM as FM: revisiting 1991?

Government proposing a new National Urban Health Mission: PM

 

  Most Read

The Simla accord -- 40 years later

A midnight summit between Indira Gandhi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Bhutto pleading with Gandhi to free 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war, a failed Kashmir deal... The Simla accord, which marks its 40th  

Terms of Indira-Abdullah 1975 accord were never fulfilled: Mustafa Kamal

"Accession with India is conditional. It is absolutely not an unconditional accession and it is based on the instrument of accession of late Maharaja Hari Singh on the bases of which the constitution application order of 1950, the Delhi agreement of 1952 and article 370 of the Indian 

 

  News Pick

Geneva talks call for transitional government in Syria

The participants in the Geneva talks support creation of a transitional government in Syria in which all forces participate, UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan said. The transitional government should include 

Muslims, Christians slam German court ruling on circumcision

A key German Muslim association and top Christian clerics on June 27 sharply criticised a German Court ruling that said circumcising boys on religious grounds amounted to grievous bodily harm. 

Fasih Mehmood's wife seeks fast track trial

A day after Saudi authorities confirmed to the CBI that missing Bihar engineer and terror suspect Fasih Mehmood was in their custody, his wife demanded a fast track trial of his case. "My husband is innocent. He is 

Kashmir survives another tragedy, this time without blood

The destruction of the second holiest Muslim shrine of the Valley in a mysterious blaze on Monday threw Kashmiris into a state of shock and mourning, reminding 

 

Picture of the Day

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students with the world's largest envelope they put on display on May 02, 2012. The envelope earned the premium Institution a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. AMU received a certificate in this regard on June 28, 2012.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Science & Technology

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Health

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.