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Dangerous heatwave descends on parts of Midwest and South

CHICAGO — Much of the Midwest and part of the South braced for a potentially dangerous and deadly heat wave on Tuesday, with temperatures hitting record highs in some places and combined with humidity could make it feel like 100 degrees or is hotter.

More than By the middle of the week, 100 million people will be affected and authorities warned residents to stay hydrated, stay indoors if possible and be aware of the health risks of high temperatures. Strong storms brought heavy rain and harmful wind to many of the affected areas on Monday, and more than 500,000 customers were left without power as of Tuesday morning.

Excessive heat warnings were in effect Tuesday through Wednesday night for much of Illinois and Indiana, as well as parts of southern Michigan and northwestern Ohio, according to the National Weather Service.

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Heat index readings – which take into account temperature and relative humidity and indicate how hot it feels outside – could be approaching 105 degrees, the weather service said.

“In full sun it will feel even hotter today,” wrote the weather service. “For those without air conditioning, there won’t be much relief tonight through Wednesday night.”

Much of southeastern Michigan — from south of Flint to the state lines with Ohio and Indiana — was subjected to excessive heat surveillance Wednesday through Thursday morning as the warm front is expected to move east.

A heat advisory has also been issued, stretching from Wisconsin down to the Florida Panhandle on the Gulf Coast.

In Chicago, where a violent storm on Monday night heralded temperatures expected to top 90 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday, the May death of three women As temperatures soared into the 90s, it was a renewed reminder of the dangers of such heat – particularly for people living alone or struggling with certain health conditions.

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Pat Clemmons, an 81-year-old resident of the apartment complex where the women died, said Tuesday morning as temperatures rose everything was working fine. She said she’s lived in the building for about 20 years and never had any problems before “that one horrible Saturday” in May.

“They have every type of air conditioning, air blowers, fan nozzles and everything else … . I’m fine right now,” Clemmons said. “The air is on. You know everything will work perfectly now because of all the chaos that’s happened.”

Officials encouraged Chicagoans to check on their neighbors and loved ones and be quick to report problems with their homes’ cooling. The city opened six major cooling centers and encouraged people to cool off in libraries, park district buildings and other public places.

“The next two days will require that we all look out for each other and give extra attention and resources to our vulnerable neighbors,” said Alisa Rodriguez, executive deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Family Services and Support.

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The Detroit suburb of Westland opened many of its public buildings as cooling stations Tuesday, including City Hall, fire and police stations, a library and a community center. Residents can get out of the heat there, charge cell phones and get bottled water, the city said.

The heat also strained certain power grids.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, which serves 10 million people in Tennessee and parts of six surrounding southern states, said Monday it saw record power demand for a single day in June. It said it deployed 31,311 megawatts of power at an average temperature of 94 degrees in its region, breaking the previous June high of 31,098 megawatts set on June 29, 2012.

The utility said similar demand could last through the end of the week due to more expected hot and humid weather.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that more than 100 million people, not more than 100,000, could be affected by the heatwave.

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Associated Press journalist Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report. Claire Savage is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that brings journalists into local newsrooms to cover undercover topics.

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