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A Lynchburg City worker ties power lines above a traffic signal at Oakley and Memorial Avenues, July 1, 2012. Two days after storms tore across the eastern U.S., power outages were forcing people to get creative to stay cool in dangerously hot weather. Temperatures approached 100 degrees in many storm-stricken areas, and utility officials said the power will likely be out for several more days. (AP Photo/The News & Advance, Parker Michels-Boyce)

Power slowly returns to Mid-Atlantic

Hundreds of

thousands of people from Illinois to New Jersey are still without power

after a line of deadly storms struck last Friday. A week of more

unpredictable weather and sweltering temperatures has followed.