Dangerous heat wave descends on parts of Midwest and South

CHICAGO (AP) - A dangerous heat wave hit much of the Midwest and South on Tuesday, with temperatures hitting triple digits in Chicago and combining with the humidity to make it feel even hotter there and in other sweltering cities.

More than 100 million people were expected to be affected by midweek and authorities warned residents to stay hydrated, remain indoors when possible and be aware of the health risks of high temperatures. Strong storms brought heavy rain and damaging wind to many of the affected areas on Monday, and more than 500,000 customers remained without power early Tuesday evening, including more than 350,000 in Ohio, according to https://poweroutage.us/.

At one Ohio utility, American Electric Power, heavy storms and strong winds over the past several days, combined with extreme heat, left some lines became stressed and needing to be turned offline to prevent further extensive power line damage, spokesman Scott Blake said.