Northeast heat to lift

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 4, 2002


A stifling heat wave was still hanging over the northeast Thursday though forecasters said people should find some relief Friday.

Sweltering weather proved hazardous to the elderly, the very young, and people with breathing problems as many states issued a "code red" air warning.

In New York, high demand strained power providers, and about 3,800 customers lost juice Wednesday. More than 3,000 of them hadn't gotten power back Thursday. The city opened more than 300 cool buildings to people without air conditioning.

The heat gripped many states across the country, from the northeast to the Mississippi Valley to the fire-prone west. At least four deaths were blamed on the heat.


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