Millions Still Sweating It Out on the Fourth of July

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Many Americans may be traveling to get away from the stifling heat across much of the country.

Temperatures are well above 90 across much of the nation. Five cities -- Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Memphis, and Kansas City are on tract to have their hottest Fourth of July ever.

Eight deaths have been attributed to the extreme heat. Twenty states have even cancelled or banned fireworks because of hot temperatures.

More than a million homes in seven states are still without power after weekend storms. Utility crews are working round the clock to restore electricity.

Many are sweating it out, longing desperately for ice and air conditioning.

"Basically the response is -- they almost have the same scripted schpiel -- 'We are going to get to you when we get to you,'" West Virginia resident Mary Young said.

"It's sweaty. It's got to be above 90 in here. It's hot. There's not much air moving around," she said.
"We can't afford to go out every single meal so we've been bringing some stuff home, using the grill -- used up everything we could possibly use up in the first 48 hours. So we came and got some water here. But it's 104 degrees in the shade at our house right now," Young said.

Unfortunately, the heat is expected to stick around for several more days.  

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