A cold front that pushed through the Midwest and Northeast on Sunday, finally breaking a stubborn heat wave, brought with it fresh storms — complicating recovery efforts in some places and causing even more damage.
“It has been a tough few weeks for many Virginians. They have suffered from record breaking temperatures and an historic storm that brought widespread damage and power outages. Now, many have lost power again. I ask Virginians to remain patient and to continue to help each other get through this latest storm,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said late Sunday.
Including Virginia, more than 160,000 customers in nine states and the District of Columbia remained without power. Some have lacked electricity for more than a week.
The hardest-hit state continues to be West Virginia, where almost 70,000 customers had no power Sunday night. Because utility companies typically define each residential and business account as a customer, the actual number of people affected was higher.
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Saturday’s death in Cuba, Missouri, came as debris struck a woman’s car in a grocery store parking lot during a severe storm, CNN affiliate KMOV reported.
A 4-month-old girl in Greenfield, Indiana, died Saturday after being left in a car for an “extended period of time,” police Chief John Jester said. While it wasn’t clear how hot it had been inside the car, temperatures in that community of 20,000 people reached 103 degrees. Greenfield is about 25 miles west of Indianapolis.
The baby’s grandfather found the young girl and rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her father, Joshua Stryzinski, was later arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent, resulting in death. Jester said that charge may change after detectives meet with prosecutors.
About 25 miles northwest, in the town of Fishers, Meg E. Trueblood was arrested Saturday for felony neglect of a dependent after her 16-month-old unattended daughter was pulled from a car at a shopping center, police said.
The temperature inside the vehicle reached 124 degrees, and the baby was inside for about an hour, said police spokesman Tom Weger. An officer broke a window to reach the child.
The girl was upgraded to stable condition Saturday night, and was released from the hospital Sunday to her grandmother, Weger said Sunday.