(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of thousands of people in several Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states continue to deal with soaring temperatures and a lack of power following a series of deadly thunderstorms that have pounded the region since Friday.
At least 14 people have died from the storms in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.
As of Sunday night, more than 530,000 electric customers in Virginia are without power, while 470,000 are in the dark in Ohio. Some 400,000 West Virginia residents are also experiencing power outages.
In New Jersey, about 124,000 residents are in the dark, while power companies in Maryland are reporting outages affecting more than 600,000 customers.
Utility crews from around the country have been summoned to the region to help clear debris and restore power, but officials say it may be days before all customers have their lights, and more importantly, their air conditioners up and running again.
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