July 4th, 2012
04:38 AM ET

More than 1.1 million still lack power amid heatwave

Though it is Independence Day, a national holiday, utility workers will continue working feverishly to help the more than a million people stuck in an unrelenting heatwave without power.

Excessive heat warnings were in place Wednesday for portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri Illinois and Kentucky with the National Weather Service saying that those areas would be scorched with temperatures near or above triple digits.

Heat advisory warnings were in place for a handful of states, including parts of South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and West Virginia.

This is not good news for the many who are powerless, without air conditioning, left with food spoiling in their useless refrigerators.

As of early Wednesday morning, about 1.1 million customers scattered across 11 states, from Indiana to Delaware, had no electricity, down from about 1.8 million late Monday - and a peak of 4 million over the weekend. A household is considered one customer, so the actual number of people without power is higher.


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  1. Hamsta

    @ bobcat think again Chalmette, Slidell, lacombe, mandeville , basicly everthing south of interstate 12 was completely destroyed. There was so much tree damage in Slidell where my dad lives that you literally could not walk from house to house anywhere in town without a chainsaw and a truck. Massive tree damage as such continued northward through pearl river 200 miles north into mississippi. My dad doesn't have any trees in his yard, but every one of his neighbors along with more than half the town had multiple trees in their house. Note I said in their house, like as in sitting on their couch or their kitchen floor. Again as I said the entire state took major damage, many towns and cities were completely destroyed.

    July 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I am very well aware of where Chalmet, Slidell etc is. I go through Slidell on I-10 everytime I go to NO. All these areas you name are in the southern part of the state. I agree, there was very widespread damage, and a few towns were lost, but that is a far cry from the "entire state" being destroyed.
      There was also extensive damage in Hattiesburg, Ms., which is about 100 miles north from the coast. So yes there was massive destruction. But not the "destruction" of an entire state.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Oh, and one more thing. I don't know which Slidell you are talking about being completely destroyed, as I was just throught there again about a month ago and many times before that, and I'm still seeing a lot of the same businesses that have always been there. A lot of people took total losses, that's for sure, but it doesn't const tute an entire city.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      That's a lame argument, a lot of the same companies still exist in New Orleans, some of them never shut down. Such as all the companies on the port, Banner chevrolet, Win dixie, lots of companies. New Orleans just recieved all the media attention because without the this city and its port Louisiana wouldn't even be a state to begin with. Where were you during Katrina? Obvously not here and your ignorance of the things that happened clearly shows that.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
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