DC Suburb Preps for 'Drought' amid Heat Wave

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Millions of Americans are facing another day of dangerous heat Wednesday, with temperatures soaring well into the 90s.

"It's like we're in an oven, like burning," one person said.

Some parts of the country are 10 degrees hotter than normal. Add the high humidity, and many places feel like triple digits.

Weather forecasters say the high temperatures will continue all week.

"What makes this heat wave so uncomfortable is not only the temperatures during the day in the 90s, but at night," AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Raynor said. "In fact, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., will be hard pressed to fall below 80 degrees."

New York City is experiencing its longest stretch of extreme heat in more than 10 years. Emergency workers are on standby, ready to help those in distress.

"They're in the hot crowded subway and they literally will just drop," New York EMS Maximo Sierra said. "You find out, 'Oh yeah, I didn't drink. I haven't been drinking and I was rushing around.'"

Meanwhile in Prince George County, Md., residents, like retired engineer Eric Marrow, are stockpiling water.

"Need to keep the water and the only place to keep water is in the tub and the sink. Very strange, very strange," Marrow said.

Marrow and more than 200,000 residents are preparing for a man-made drought.

P.G. County officials say they're planning a five-day water outage to fix a major water pipe that was about to burst. That means no tap water will be delivered to homes.

"What we want people to do is fill up their tubs and available containers with water tonight," P.G. County executive Rushern Baker said.

"Get it now," Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokesperson I.J. Hudson advised residents. "It's at your tap and it's going to be for the next 12, 18 hours. Do something now."

And get it they did.

"I filled my bathtubs up," one Maryland resident said. "I filled at least four pots."

Bottled water flew off the shelves at local grocery stores.

"You have flavored waters. But just plain water, it's all sold out," another resident said.

With temperatures soaring into the 90s, many of Marylanders feel the timing of the water main repairs could not have been worse.

"I cannot fathom what five days will be like without water," P.G. County resident Daphne Burnett said.

Still, some Americans seemed unfazed by the water shortage and prolonged heat wave.

"I like the heat. I'm from Mississippi," one person said.

Perhaps it's a perfect time for Americans to take a vacation -- cooling down in the mountains or at the beach.

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