U.S. heat wave kills at least 50

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Record-high temperatures are being reported across parts of the Midwest and Southern United States. However, the extreme heat has turned deadly for many. Over 50 deaths are being blamed on the heat, with the latest deaths coming from Alabama and Missouri.

In Kentucky, a fire broke out at an electricity substation, forcing the Tennessee Valley Authority to request major electrical consumers to reduce their power use.

In Nashville, yesterday's high temperature reached 102ºF. Nashville has seen 13 days this month where the high temperature reached above 100ºF.

The extreme heat wave is now expected to move into Ohio, a state where very heavy rainfall caused evacuations and considerable structural damage. The National Weather Service predicts heat indexes to soar as high as 104 degrees.