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Heat, storms to plague US again

Violent heat-charged storms have pounded 14 states

ATLANTA | July 1, 2012

Record-breaking high temperatures were forecast for a third day Sunday after the storm that battered the U.S. Midwest and Southeast.

Since Friday, violent heat-charged storms have pounded 14 states and killed at least 12 people with rain, hail and high winds, CNN said.

Severe heat warnings were issued in 14 states from Illinois to Georgia.

Atlanta's forecast called for a high of 103 degrees Sunday, a day after the temperature hit 106 degrees.

Throughout much of the country, officials urged people with health problems or without air conditioning to visit public places like libraries and town halls. However, in many places, that wasn't possible as at least 4 million customers from Ohio to Virginia had no electricity because of downed trees and power lines, the report said.

Crews had restored power to about 1 million people by Sunday morning, CNN said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich deployed the National Guard to check on the elderly and disabled and also requested federal help with ice, generators and gas.

Accuweather.com said as of Thursday, more than 20,900 record highs have been broken so far this year, an increase of 7,700 records set compared to all of last year.

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