Break in Heat Wave Triggers Violent Thunder Storms

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The triple-digit heat wave across the country is finally coming to an end.

Millions of Americans are getting relief today, but it comes at a price. Violent storms have been moving in to break up the scorching temperatures.

Lightning instantly followed by a loud crash of thunder sent frightened players and umpires in a Texas Rangers baseball game scrambling for the dugouts. That's just one example of the extreme weather expected this week.

While the cold air system will break the historic heat wave, it's also expected to bring powerful storms as it collides with the hot air that's been sitting for days.

A storm wreaked havoc on a dance studio in Fredericksburg, Va., while inside about two dozen cheerleaders, their teachers, and parents prayed for protection.

"We were scared, and we were just praying to God and hoping that we weren't going die," one of the cheerleaders said.

Two parents were reportedly hurt as they pulled the kids to safety. The high winds blew the dance studio's roof a few hundred feet where it landed on a house. Thankfully, no one was home.

The rough weather toppled huge trees in New Jersey and Missouri.

"I thought well, maybe this will cool things down," a resident in Missouri said.

Despite the storms, millions of Americans are grateful the heat is gone -- at least for now.

"I have been sweating missiles, not bullets, okay," one man shared. "This heat has been unbearable, really."

Across the country, 2,000 record highs have been set since July 1. At least 46 people died nationwide because of the heat. The heat has also been blamed for a manhole explosion in New York.

The relief in the temperature is little consolation for those still without power.

"We're so angry about it... We can see people around and about us in this community, and they have their power," said Phyliss Shaw, a resident without power.

Monday's forecast calls for hail and gusty winds in parts of the country and showers or thunderstorms in other areas.

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