HEAT WAVE COOKS
EASTERN PART OF U.S.
In the stifling subway tunnels, there was
no air conditioning…"People were crying,"
By LARRY McSHANE, Associated Press Writer Wed Aug 2, 10:29 AM ET
NEW YORK - Commuters
sweated on their way to work Wednesday as the temperature and humidity started climbing back up to heat wave levels after
a night of little relief.
Weather Service posted heat advisories and warnings from Maine to Oklahoma. Triple-digit temperatures were forecast Wednesday along the
East Coast as far north as parts of Maine and New
The temperature was already
above 80 before dawn Wednesday at Nashua, N.H.
New York's LaGuardia Airport still had 92 degrees at midnight and eased only to 86 degrees by 6 a.m., the
National Weather Service said. In the heart of crowded Manhattan, the low at Central
Park only got down to 83.
In the stifling subway tunnels,
there was no air conditioning on three cars of the train Sayed Bukhari rode into Manhattan.
"People were crying," Bukhari
"You don't beat it," workman
Frank Kenney, 40, said Tuesday in Bangor, Maine.
"You just get through it."
Equipment problems and stormy
weather caused scattered power outages during the night in parts of New England, shutting
off fans and air conditioners, utilities said.
Electricity usage in the
six-state New England region could top 28,000 megawatts Wednesday, breaking the one-day record
of 27,395 megawatts set just two weeks ago, according to Erin O'Brien, a spokeswoman for ISO New England, which oversees the
region. The demand Tuesday was just shy of the record, she said.
The hot weather brought
its share of troubles Tuesday, putting animals in jeopardy, disabling cars and prompting New York
to turn off lights atop the Empire State
Residents on Chicago's South Side were evacuated from high-rise buildings by the hundreds on Tuesday,
one day after the power went out to 20,000 customers. Illinois
officials blamed three deaths on the heat.
A 15-year-old high school
football player died in Georgia, one day after collapsing in the heat at
practice, and the heat was suspected in the death of a 75-year-old woman in Wisconsin
who kept the air conditioning off to save money.
To the north and west, some
areas had started to enjoy a break from the heat. Hayward, Wis., cooled to 70 on Tuesday, down from 104 degrees on Monday.
Elsewhere, however, by mid-afternoon
Tuesday the temperature in Chicago was 100, Baltimore reached 99 and Washington hit 97, though the humidity made it feel like
107. Highs of 100 in Newark, N.J., and 97 in Atlantic City, N.J., tied records. In Manchester,
N.H, it reached 95, tying the record for the date set in 1933.
Utilities said customer
demand for power reached or exceeded all-time record highs.
With a disastrous 10-day
power outage in one borough still fresh in memory, thermostats at city offices in New
York City were set at 78, up from the usual 72. Lights were turned down on the Empire
State Building and the Chrysler
Building, as were the lights illuminating the George
Washington Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge and other spans.
Farmers used fans and cold
showers to keep their cattle cool, but at least 25,000 chickens died of the heat at an Indiana
when electricity was shut off so firefighters could fight a blaze at an adjacent building.
The American Automobile
Association's Mid-Atlantic division handled 7,400 calls for assistance from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening —
a 37 percent rise over normal summer call volume.
"That's about comparable
to what we get in a major snowstorm," said John B. Townsend, an AAA spokesman. Many were for overheated vehicles, hoses, belts
breaking down and cracking and tires blowing out on the hot asphalt.
Aquaboggin Water Park
in Saco prepared for big crowds on Wednesday, bringing in cases of bottled water for customers
and calling in extra staff.
"We're gearing up for it,"
general manager Sally Christner said. "Nobody else is excited about the heat, but we are. This is a great place to be when