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An uprooted tree is seen Saturday after it damaged a home in Washington's American University neighborhood. The tree also cut a power line.
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updated 6/30/2012 7:22:45 PM ET 2012-06-30T23:22:45

As temperatures again reached triple digits Saturday, millions of people in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest were without power after violent storms toppled trees, cut power lines and killed at least 13 people, 6 of them in Virginia.

Ohio also saw up to 1 million homes and businesses without power due to overnight storms, and at least one person died there.

Two cousins, ages 2 and 7, were killed by a falling tree at a campsite in New Jersey's Parvin State Park. Two people were also killed in Maryland, one in Kentucky and one in Washington.

Five other deaths in recent days are thought to have been tied to the heat wave hanging over much of the nation.

100-degree plus temperatures were expected in areas across 25 states, a heat scenario impacting 47 million people, the Weather Channel's Julie Martin said on NBC's TODAY show.

By early Saturday afternoon, cities across the Southeast -- from Tennessee to the Carolinas -- saw triple digits, while Washington, D.C. was in the 90s and Baltimore at 100.

Atlanta saw 106 degrees, breaking its all-time record of 105 degrees, set in 1980.

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The storms cut power more than 2 million homes and businesses across the Mid-Atlantic area -- including 1.5 million in the Washington, D.C., area, NBCWashington.com reported.

"We have more than half our system down," said Myra Oppel, a spokeswoman for Pepco, a utility serving the D.C. area that had 400,000 customers without power after 80 mph gusts knocked down trees and power lines.

"This is definitely going to be a multi-day outage," Oppel added -- not good news for those relying on air-conditioning to deal with the muggy, triple-digit temperatures this weekend.

Image: An uprooted tree blocks a street in DC
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An uprooted tree blocks a street in the American University neighborhood of Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Repairing damage "is a monumental task," added Ed McDonough, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Emergency Management. "This is something that is going to take days, not hours."

Water restrictions were  ordered in Montgomery and Prince George's counties because the storms had knocked out power to its filtration plants and other facilities.

And the high heat prompted the AT&T National golf tournament at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., to close the competition to spectators and volunteers on Saturday. Play was delayed for hours as crews cleaned up fallen trees.

In suburban Washington, residents were told to call non-emergency phone numbers or go to fire and police stations if they needed help because even 911 emergency call centers were without electricity.

Trees were blamed for two deaths in Springfield, Va. — a 90-year-old woman in her home and a man driving a car.

Gov. Bob McDonnell in a statement said four others were killed by falling trees in Virginia, which saw its largest non-hurricane power outage in history. Some 250 roads in Virginia were blocked by trees, the state said.

In addition, a park police officer was injured by an uprooted tree in northern Virginia, and an 18-year-old man was struck by a power line. He was in stable condition after receiving CPR.

Damage in the D.C. area included a rooftop blown off a 7-story apartment building, and dozens of damaged homes.

Image: Storm-damaged trees litter the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington
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Storm-damaged trees litter the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Widespread power outages were reported from Indiana to New Jersey.

On Friday, the nation's capital reached 104 degrees — its hottest June day on record.

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The heat is also suspected to have been the cause of the deaths of two young brothers in eastern Tennessee, Reuters reported. The boys, aged 3 and 5, had been playing outside Thursday. The younger boy died Thursday, and the older boy on Friday afternoon, according to Eric Blach, administrator for the Bradley County Medical Examiner's Office.

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In Kansas City, Mo., city health officials said Friday they were investigating the deaths of three area residents, including a baby boy, to determine if they were heat-related, according to Reuters.

Early Saturday, the National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings for parts of Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and Arizona.

It said the temperatures could get "dangerously hot."

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Weather.com published a map of the U.S. showing areas at risk of severe thunderstorms Saturday, with an area from Iowa to the Mid-Atlantic at risk.

"A powerful derecho developed Friday over Indiana and marched eastward across Ohio, the Virginias and into Maryland and Delaware, causing widespread wind damage with gusts over 90 miles per hour in some cases," it added.

"Another round of widespread damaging winds may materialize in these hard-hit areas," it warned. "A second area of severe weather is possible for the central and northern Plains, but those storms may be more isolated in nature."

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency after more than 500,000 customers in 27 counties were left without electricity because of the storm.

More than 20 elderly residents at an apartment home in Indianapolis were displaced when the facility lost power due to a downed tree.

In Ohio, the storms damaged property and toppled three tractor trailers on Interstate 75 near Findlay.

"I'm in Columbus, Ohio," Brittney Mettke posted on msnbc.com's Facebook page. "I haven't had power since 6 pm yesterday and it's about 100 degrees now. It's pretty tough with a toddler. More storms tonight, and temps in the high nineties all week. They are saying about to week to restore power."

"We were hit with 80+mph winds and rain last evening," added Suzanne Peterson Helt, who said she was from Ohio, too. "They say there weren't any toronados near us but when the rain travels horizontally down the street and the roof is missing from the local Subway ... I have to wonder. So many fallen trees at power poles that the State Route I live on was closed for hours while they cleaned up the mess."

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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  1. Dancing in the heat

    Karli Baumert, of Pryor, Okla., and Max Cowdery, of Bremerton, Wash., dance by water sprinklers at the Lincoln Memorial to cool off during the punishing heat gripping Washington on July 3. (Larry Downing / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Sweet sip

    A honeybee drinks from a fountain on the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., on July 1. The temperature was forecast to top 100 degrees for the third day in a row. (Allen Breed / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Where's my towel?

    People crowd the beach at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 30. About 3.9 million homes and businesses were without power on Saturday amid a record heat wave in the eastern United States after deadly thunderstorms downed power lines from Indiana to New Jersey. (Eric Thayer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Muddy fun

    A tourist dances as she celebrates Asar Pandhra festival in Pokhara valley, west of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, on June 29. Farmers in Nepal celebrate the festival to mark the start of planting rice in paddy fields. (Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. One hot momma

    Evelyn Wood fans herself as relief from the heat as her daughter Sherri Smith, right, both of Wichita Falls, Texas, applies a cold towel as they celebrate Wood's 80th birthday, on June 29, in Washington, D.C., where temperatures reached the upper 90s. (David Goldman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Swingin' sunset

    Fairgoers enjoy the sunset from a ride at the Garrard County Fair on June 28, near Bryantsville, Ky. (Ben Kleppinger / The Advocate-Messenger via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Cool dive

    Terrill Shepard, 16, jumps into Lasker Pool in New York City on June 28. The city’s 55 outdoor pools opened to the public for the season on Thursday. (Seth Wenig / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Hanging out

    Ephriam Ko, 6, climbs high in a stand of bamboo as his father, Van Thawng, tends to his crops at the Global Growers Network's Bamboo Creek Farm in Stone Mountain, Ga., on June 24. The new 14-acre incubator farm is designed for farmers who have fled their native countries to seek new agricultural opportunities. Most of the farmers grow crops native to their homeland for their own consumption and to sell to other resettled refugees in the metro Atlanta area. (Erik S. Lesser / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Mine! Mine! Mine!

    Detroit Tigers right fielder Ryan Raburn (25) leaps to catch a fly ball hit by Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison during the eighth inning in Pittsburgh on June 24. The Tigers won 3-2. (Gene J. Puskar / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Out for a walk

    People take part in the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 23. The Mermaid Parade is Coney Island's homage to the Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954. (Eric Thayer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Watch your step

    Russian Cossacks perform a traditional dance with sabers during the annual Mansky festival, dedicated to the opening of the amateur rafting season, by the Mana river near Beret in the Siberian Taiga on June 22. Local nature-lovers, fans of ecological tourism and devotees of the festival have gathered for more than 30 years to travel by rafts, take part in the overnight festivities and rest around campfires. (Ilya Naymushin / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Celebrating summer

    Gleu Sunpooja stands in front of Stonehenge as solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer sunrise at the megalithic monument on June 21, near Salisbury, England. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. No cold feet

    Girls leap through a wall of water at Yards Park in Washington, D.C., on June 21. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Got sunblock?

    People brave high temperatures while practicing bikram yoga as part of the annual Mind Over Madness event in Times Square on June 20 in New York City. The free yoga classes are held annually on the summer solstice amid the bustle of Times Square, considered one of the busiest places on earth. (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Cool fun

    Jashante' Holland, 9, dips and swings Aaliyah Stanley, 3, in the middle of the fun wagon sprinkler at Woodside Village in Danville, Va., on June 20. (Steven Mantilla / Register & Bee via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Heads up

    Solomon Hightower splashes into the pool at Charlie Morris Aquatic Center in Memphis, Tenn., on June 19. Hightower joined a group of fellow golfing enthusiasts from the Memphis Athletic Ministries golf program for their weekly swim at the aquatic center. (Jim Weber / The Commercial Appeal via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Arf?

    A dog rides a surfboard in the Seventh Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, in Imperial Beach, Calif., on June 16. The event was to benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (David Maung / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Ahhhh

    An Indian man bathes his horse on a hot day in Allahabad, India, on June 15. Northern India has been sweltering under extreme heat as maximum temperatures soared at most places of the region. (Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Cool ride

    A boy rides a water slide in the northern German city of Hameln on May 22 as the temperature reached 86 degrees. (Julian Stratenschulte / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Race ya!

    Young men run to the Gulf of Mexico at Perdido Key, Fla., on May 20. Two years after an offshore oil well explosion devastated tourism in the region, the Gulf Coast is a popular destination once again, thanks in part to millions of dollars worth of promotion funded by the well's owner, BP. (Sean Gardner / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Water break

    A Pakistani girl cools off in a water channel in Lahore on May 11. Heatwave conditions in Pakistan have pushed temperatures above 104 degrees in many parts of the country. (Arif Ali / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Hail the water nymphs

    Belarussian villagers wearing traditional clothes gather to celebrate the pagan holiday of Rusalye, devoted to water nymphs, in the village of Sosny, Belarus, on June 10. According to legend, mermaids come out of the water during the spring and summer to visit the village, and walk through fields and meadows. (Viktor Drachev / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Wheee!

    Harper Marquez, 1, squeals with delight as her father, Roberto Marquez, swings her into the Jane K. Lowe Children's Fountain in downtown Huntsville, Ala., on June 7. (Glenn Baeske / Huntsville Times via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Smoothing the way

    Lifeguard Sam McCabe of Richmond Heights cleans the water slide at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center in Maplewood, Mo., on May 24, in preparation for it's opening Memorial Day holiday weekend. (Laurie Skrivan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. A clean sweep

    Children from a local secondary school take part in a mass cleanup at the world-famous Echo beach in Perenenan village, Bali, on June 12. The association responsible, Gumi Lestari, is running a project to get the local community involved in protecting the environment. Bali, one of the world's top surf spots, has a huge problem with trash, most of which is the result of tourism. (Mike Clarke / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Dancing in the streets

    Young dancers perform as they march in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on New York's Fifth Ave., on June 10. The parade has been an annual event in New York since 1958 and has grown to be one of the city's largest. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Bursting bubbles

    Billie Burgess, 9, jumps to burst a giant bubble on the South Bank in London during a spell of hot weather. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. All wet

    A boy cools himself as he sits under a fountain on a hot summer day in New Delhi on May 31, when the temperature reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit. (Adnan Abidi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Lazing in the lake

    Kayla Riggins and David Gregory play on an inflatable raft in Hartwell Lake at Darwin Wright Park in Anderson, S.C., on May 25. (Sefton Ipock / The Independent-Mail via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. A need for speed

    A body surfer rides a wave during high tide at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on May 22. (Christophe Simon / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Welcome clouds

    The setting sun illuminates dark rain clouds above the eastern Indian city of Calcutta on June 9. The clouds heralded the season's first rainfall, a welcome relief from the hot weather. (Piyal Adhikary / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Blowin' in the wind

    Winnie Pajcic, 9, holds on to a railing during a visit to Stockton Park in Ortega, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on May 28. Beryl came ashore several days earlier near Jacksonville Beach with winds of 70 mph. (Kelly Jordan / The Florida Times-Union via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Cool kitty

    A Bengal tiger gets a spray of water from a zookeeper on a hot summer day at the Birsa Munda Zoological Park in Ranchi, India, on May 30. Zoo authorities were helping the animals cope with temperatures topping 104 degrees by providing coolers, special roofs and regular hose-downs. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Gone fishin'

    Shawn Davis and his 5-year old son Emerson fly-fish for trout in Spring Creek near Bellefonte, Penn., on the evening of June 10. (Gary Cameron / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Splish, splash

    Xavier Willis, 7, throws a container of water into the air as he jumps into Dallas Bay at Chester Frost Park in Hixson, Tenn. on June 12. Temperatures climbed to the mid 80s under mostly sunny skies. (Doug Strickland / Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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