Tropical Dud? Don Fails to End Texas Drought

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Most of the southeastern U.S. has been baking under a record-breaking heat wave for 31 days in a row.

Texas is among the states hardest hit. Residents of the Lone Star State were hoping that Tropical Storm Don would put an end to the state's nine-month drought and bring some relief from the 100-plus degree temperatures.
    
But Don came and went and the heat and drought continue.

"It's at least 106 degrees around north Texas," a radio announcer reported. "And health experts are urging people to stay out of the heat."

"The problem is, there's no end in sight right now," said Pete Delkus, chief meteorologist at Texas television station WFAA.

Even in the heat, life must go on.
    
One young football team has been practicing outside for up to four hours a day. Their moms have been braving the heat as well, making sure their sons don't push themselves too hard.

"We have a good trainer, but there's nothing like a mother's love, so that's why I'm here," football mom Bridget Ross said.

In Dallas alone there have already been nine heat-related deaths.
   
To combat the problem, the Health Department gave out 400 free air conditioners to people like Brenda Duncan. Dunan hasn't had an air conditioner since last summer.

"I couldn't afford it," she explained.

The thermometer inside her house measured 102 degrees - only five degrees away from the temperature outside.
    
Even the roads in Texas are falling victim to the heat. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, some are actually blowing up.
    
Experts explain that moisture from the winter stays in the asphalt cracks and then expands in the heat. When it hits a weak point in the asphalt, the road blows up.

"We take them very seriously and we close off the roadway as soon as we can to avoid anything like that," department spokesman Paul Braun said.
    
Meteorologists say the heat wave could continue through August.

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