Severe weather pummels country

Deadly weather knocks out power in north and east, while heat rises in southwest

DETROIT (UPI) | July 3, 2011

Wind and rain storms pummeled Wisconsin and Michigan, leaving at least one person dead and tens of thousands without power, officials said.

One person was killed and 39 injured when storms blew across northwestern Wisconsin Friday evening, while storms in southeastern Michigan Saturday dropped over 1.5 inches of rain and left more than 100,000 without power, officials said.

The Detroit Free Press said Wayne County, which includes metro Detroit, was the hardest hit by Saturday's storms. About 50,000 residents there lost power as a result of the storm, said Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, a spokesman with DTE, the power company.

About 10,000 were without power in Oakland County; the same number lost power in Macomb County. Outages were also reported in several other areas, Bodipo-Memba said.

CNN said three people were critically injured in the Wisconsin storms, which also left about 80,000 residents without power for a time. The name of the person killed wasn't available.

While residents of Michigan and Wisconsin were pummeled by hail, wind, rain and falling trees, residents of Phoenix were dealing with extremely hot conditions, with the temperature hitting 118 degrees Saturday. said residents of the desert southwest would endure some of the highest temperatures in years over the Fourth of July holiday.

Phoenix broke its previous high for the day Saturday, eclipsing the old record of 116 degrees. It was also the hottest day the city has seen since July 21, 2006, when the temperature also hit 118 degrees.

In East Mesa, Ariz., the temperature hit 121 degrees Saturday, the highest official temperature in the continental United States, said.

Temperatures in the desert southwest were expected to top 110 degrees Sunday, 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Some parts of California, as well as around Las Vegas, were also expected to top 110 degrees.

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