UPDATED 11:09 AM PT — Monday, July 22, 2019
A cold front is coming and power is slowly being restored after a heatwave affecting 195 million people across the U.S. comes to a close. However, it didn’t come without tragedy.
At least seven people died from weather-related incidents, including former New York Giants lineman Mitch Petrus. The former NFL player died from heat stroke in Arkansas while under heat advisory.
Temperatures hit the high 90s and into the 100s for some areas over the weekend. That sweltering heat was believed to be the cause of a power outage affecting 53,000 people in New York on Saturday, and more than 300,000 people in Michigan on Sunday.
“Everything started to dim out, the lights were dimming, the air conditioner was getting slower and slower, and then full no power — my fridge, my oven, everything went off, same time.”
— Lynne Sabag, resident – New York
Utility companies were able to restore power for many in New York, but officials said power may not be restored for everyone until Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, cooler temperatures and low pressure will be relieving much of the U.S. as early as Monday and Tuesday. However, this may prompt heavy rains and thunderstorms. These storms are putting areas from Tennessee to New England on high alert for flash flooding with the possibility of even more power outages.
While the heat wave is cooling down, officials are still urging those under a heat advisory to stay hydrated and look out for those most vulnerable.