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Electricity slowly returns as U.S. heatwave drags on

• The Raw Story.com
 Utility crews made slow progress Sunday in restoring electricity to millions of households amid a record-setting heatwave in the eastern United States that showed no sign of abating soon.

Temperatures shot back into the 100 degree Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius) range in many areas, prompting the National Weather Service to warn of the prospect of severe thunderstorms including large hail and damaging winds.

“Cities from St. Louis, Missouri to Washington DC are forecast to approach or break daily record high temperatures for yet another day and there may be more all-time records broken,” added AccuWeather, a private weather service.

Several million households made do without electricity two days after powerful thunderstorms knocked out power lines in nine states, notably in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Pepco, the utility that serves Washington and some of its suburbs, said it could take a week before all of its customers get their electricity back, reported WTOP all-news radio in the US capital.

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