Power outages, one death reported in Northeast heat wave

July 7th, 2010
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Power outages in Connecticut, rail service disruptions in Washington and warnings to conserve electricity in New York City mark the second day of the Northeast heat wave.

As many as 9,000 customers of Connecticut Light and Power in Stamford were without electrical service Tuesday.  A heat-related transformer failure at a substation in Stamford caused the outage.

Temperatures reached 100 Tuesday in Stamford, according to the National Weather Service.

In Washington, Metrorail officials found a “heat kink” on the Red Line. A kink occurs in extremely hot weather when overheated tracks expand but can’t be constrained by cross ties.  Train speed is reduced to ensure passenger safety.

The heat wave has claimed one life. A 92-year-old woman was found dead in her home in Philadelphia.

The National Weather Service issued an additional “excessive heat warning”.   Whilst, Weather service officials are advising people to stay indoors as the prolonged heat and humidity creates a “dangerous situation.”

Source: Power outages, one death reported in Northeast heat wave – edition.cnn

Date: 07 July 2010

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