The dangerous heat wave sweeping across the Midwest and the US East Coast is linked to the deaths of at least seven people.
The heatwave also forced the cancellation of the New York City Triathlon (first time since its start), buckled roads in South Dakota, cracked streets in Kansas and suspended about a third of NYC’s subway lines on Friday during the evening commute. OMG!
The deadly and dangerous heat wave that enveloped much of the United States over the weekend is being blamed for at least seven deaths: 3 in Maryland, 2 in Illinois, 1 in Arizona and 1 in Arkansas.
Temperatures reached the upper 90s from the Carolinas to Maine on Sunday, and the heat index hit 110 degrees in some places.
“There’s no point being out,” Washington bus driver Ramieka Darby said while taking a quick break amid temperatures of nearly 100 degrees.
In New York City, Consolidated Edison reported roughly 50,000 customers were without power as of 10 p.m. Sunday because of scattered outages, the vast majority in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, according to the Associated Press.
Hundreds of outdoor events were canceled across the country, including the New York City Triathlon. Cities offered free admission to municipal pools for sweltering residents.
The Pitchfork Music Festival went ahead in Chicago but three air-conditioned “cooling buses” were provided for festival-goers.
The Chicago area is facing an excessive heat advisory just in time for @pitchforkfest. To battle the sun, festival organizers ordered 18,000 extra water bottles to hand out, are bring 3 cooling buses to the grounds + more. My latest for @chicagotribune https://t.co/uMm1BRpwUy— Jessi Roti (@JessiTaylorRO) 17. Juli 2019
Major League Baseball parks also sweltered in the heat. In Cincinnati, “Let It Snow” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” played on the PA system at Great American Ball Park before the Reds played St. Louis. Cubs and Padres fans gave a standing ovation in the seventh inning when the wind suddenly shifted and began blowing in, AP reported.
On Friday, about a third of New York City’s subway lines were suspended during the hot evening commute, KUTV reported. A computer system failure stranded scores of passengers underground. Others tried to find other ways to get home. Service later resumed on the transportation system that serves more than 5 million people each day.
About a third of #NewYorkCity‘s subway lines were suspended for more than an hour during a hot Friday evening commute, stranding some passengers underground and sending others searching for alternate ways home.https://t.co/KHi2IAPkfD— KUTV 2News (@KUTV2News) 20. Juli 2019
In some areas, the heat was so intense that roads buckled. A stretch of Interstate 229 was closed in Sioux Falls when the roadway rose up and snapped under the Western Avenue bridge, according to the Associated Press.
Extreme heat has caused roads to buckle in Wichita, Kansas, where the temperature reached 100 degrees Wednesday, the Wichita Eagle reported.
City public works is out here now. pic.twitter.com/dc2Mq950M8— Jason Tidd (@Jason_Tidd) July 16, 2019
here in pictures:
The worst is on the southbound lanes, but the crack stretches nearly curb to curb. pic.twitter.com/sYME1HLKNa— Jason Tidd (@Jason_Tidd) July 16, 2019
Police in Hays, Kansas, also reported cracked and buckled asphalt there.
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