More Than 1M Still Without Power
And temperatures are still sweltering
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2012 3:48 PM CDT
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) worker Frank Peusch walks among fallen power lines Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
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(Newser) – At least 1.4 million people from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic are not having a very happy Fourth of July … because, four days after violent storms, that's how many homes and businesses are still without power today. And they're starting to get angry, CBS News and MSNBC report, demanding to know what's taking so long. (MSNBC puts the number still without power at 900,000.) To get an idea of the effect of the power outages, NASA has before and after pictures taken from space. Making matters worse: Temperatures are still in the 90s and higher. (The heat is also affecting fireworks displays across the nation.)

Meanwhile, the death toll from the storms and blackout has hit 26, the AP reports. Most recently, a utility worker died after a crash yesterday; on Monday, another utility contractor fell to his death.
 

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