Extreme heat in East taxing residents, rail lines

8:25 PM, Jul 6, 2010   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Extreme heat on the East Coast is breaking records and putting a strain on people and equipment.

It was so hot Monday in New York City that 13 firefighters battling a blaze in Queens were taken to a hospital suffering dehydration and exhaustion. The mercury reached 103 degrees.

Temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s stretched along the East Coast, sweltering the masses and taxing power companies. It hit 100 in Philadelphia -- the hottest day there in nine years. It also reached 100 in Washington. Newark, N.J. recorded 100 degrees for the third day in a row.

Heat advisories were up until Wednesday night for much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, including an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area. Deaths blamed on the heat include a 92-year-old woman in Philadelphia whose body was found Monday.

In suburban Washington, transportation officials cut the speed of commuter trains because extreme heat can cause welded rails to bend under pressure.

No relief for the East Coast is expected for a couple of days.


The Associated Press

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