Death toll rises as freak weather hits US
Summer storms and sweltering heat in eastern states
NEARLY 1.8 million people in the eastern US faced another sweltering day without power as the death toll from weekend summer storms rose to 22.
Stifling homes and spoiled food were some of the challenges in eastern US states as temperatures approached or exceeded 38C (100F).
Concerns rose about older people and the sick – especially vulnerable without air conditioning in the sweltering heat. Many sought refuge in hotels or basements after the freak weather hit.
Officials feared the death toll could climb because of the heat and widespread use of generators, which emit fumes that can be dangerous in enclosed spaces.
Most of the weekend deaths came from trees falling on homes and cars.