The heat wave affecting large parts of the Midwest and Northeast has killed at least three people, forced the evacuation of some 250 residents from a retirement home and triggered the cancellation of important public events. The upper Midwest has now more than 200,000 households and companies in Michigan left with no electricity on Saturday morning. Strong winds and storms in the US shut down power lines on Friday, and supply teams worked to fix the failures as quickly as possible.
This week in Maryland, a man from Prince George's County and a woman from Worcester County died of extreme heat. A man from Baltimore City and a woman from Anne Arundel County died earlier this month.
"I urge Marylander to consider the impact of this storm on her health and well-being," Maryland Governor Larry Hogan wrote in a tweet Friday. Further west in Arkansas, the heat of 32 years ago claimed the life of former offensive lineman and Super Bowl winner Mitch Petrus. He died of heat stroke on Thursday after working outside. Officials in Arkansas said in his family's business:
The high temperature in Little Rock on Thursday was 92 degrees, with a heat index of 103 degrees. Pulaski County coroner, Gerone Hobbs, told NBC News, the former NFL athlete drinks water, "but not enough electrolytes." Avondale Attic.
It is not clear if death is due to heat. According to KPNX, Bell was found by hand "in the wires under the blower motor" next to a pan of water. KPNX reported that temperatures in the region were above 100 degrees Celsius on Thursday.
The heatwave stretches from southwestern Kansas and parts of Oklahoma to Carolinas and even into southern Maine, where a high of 94 degrees is expected in Bangor on Saturday.  More than 126 million people were under extreme heat warnings early Saturday, and another 31 million under heat warnings, according to the National Meteorological Service.
Before the fever breaks out, extreme heat will put power grids across the country to the test. Utilities have deployed thousands of workers to respond quickly to downtime during the weekend's muggy weather.
In New York, utility provider Con Edison said it had more than 4,000 employees in the Commonwealth of Illinois.
Edison had mobilized more than 750 of his employees for quick answers. The utility, which serves Chicago, also said it was ready to ship refrigerated buses and provide free water and charging stations should longer failures occur.
DTE Energy, a Detroit-based electricity company, announced on Saturday morning that it was working to restore power. About 72,000 customers lost power during a heavy thunderstorm on Friday night. A total of 96,000 customers were affected by the storm, it said in a note on its website.
Another electricity company, Consumers Energy, announced Saturday that more than 155,000 customers were out of power due to the storm. The company called on customers to "look for alternative ways to stay cool" while working on restoring the power supply.
"Our crews strive to restore customer service around the clock, but this will be a multi-day recovery effort." Consumer Energy tweeted .
The Michigan State Police asked residents in a tweet to play it safe as temperatures are expected to rise on Saturday.
"It's going to be another hot day and possibly more pop-up heavy storms, check with the local authorities for cooling centers in your area," said the department on Saturday morning. "Keep a close eye on pets and such If you have any problems with the heat, refill your ice stocks when you need them! "
According to NBC Philadelphia, about 250 residents of a retirement home were evacuated on Friday in Philadelphia. Residents of the Pavilion Apartments were brought to Philadelphia temporary accommodation in West Philadelphia.
Firefighters said it could take two days to get home, reported NBC Philadelphia.
To limit the burden on the power supply, the mayor of New York City ordered the government to hold buildings and private office buildings to hold thermostats at 78 degrees, a limit that lasts until just before midnight Sunday.
"Air conditioning saves lives, you do not have to be in full swing to be effective," Dr. Oxiris Barbot, commissioner of the New York Ministry of Health and Mental Hygiene, in a statement.
In Chicago, temperatures of 94 were expected on Saturday According to the National Weather Service meteorologist in Chicago, Casey Sullivan, the humidity feels hotter than 100 degrees.
"It's the humidity that makes it worse," Sullivan said.
Workers at My Block, My Hood, My City have supplied fans, sprayed equipment and containers of water to help people deal with the excessive heat, NBC Chicago reported.
"It's amazing, my uncle really needs it – he's in an oxygen cylinder," said Tomia Hopkins, who was also supported by the group, "It's really tough and it's just 100-degree weather," said you.
One member said The organization received more than 50 daily requests for water and fans, mostly from retirement homes.
Saturday night or Sunday will create a cold front in the Chicago area and raise temperatures in the mid-1980s.
] But areas further east will feel the heat until Sunday.
In New York, a network communication problem on Friday delayed many subway lines, exacerbating scorching conditions.
] "Such a meltdown during a heatwave is unacceptable," tweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio .
Passengers had to wait for crowded and hot platforms. the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the system is back in operation, NBC New York reported.
"It's ridiculous," annoyed a passenger to the station. It's 100 degrees out here, it's hot and it's hot at the station. "
An MTA official told the station that the weather did not seem to have anything to do with the incident.
Temperatures in the country's largest city are expected to rise The forecast was for a high of 100 degrees on Saturday and a high of 97 degrees for Sundays, before it gets cooler again.
The city has imposed heat protection and many outdoor activities – including New York on Sunday The City Triathlon and the Coney Island Music Festival on Saturday were canceled because of the heat.
Boston will not find relief after the weekend. The city is expected to hit 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday Sheryl Queen, owner of Twist & Shake Ice Cream Parlor on Revere Beach, north of Boston, said her store has additional staff, but she does not anticipate a rush until the Sun had gone down and things had cooled down a bit. 19659002] "Somet Imes, it's even too hot for ice cream, but we're here," she said.
Rescue teams in South Haven, Michigan, rescued two people out of the water on Friday, one of them caught in a heavy current According to a statement by the South Haven Emergency Services, the beaches are full of people to escape the high temperatures.
In Sioux Falls, South Dakota On Friday, with temperatures reaching 95 degrees Celsius, the heat on Interstate 229 left its mark on a flyover, reports NBC subsidiary KDLT.
An engineer from the South Dakota Department of Transportation tweeted about "High Heat" 'Moisture and wet conditions created ideal conditions for road breaking' and gave a photograph of the battered highway.
The State Highway Patrol announced Friday night that the road had been repaired and open.