Photos: Storms, extreme heat hit millions

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  1. Baltimore city worker Joe Lane gives away ice to residents at the Northwood Plaza shopping center in Baltimore on Monday, July 2. Around 1.5 million homes and businesses from North Carolina to New Jersey and as far west as Illinois were without power Tuesday after a round of summer storms. (Jose Luis Magana / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A Pepco utility employee inspects damaged overhead power lines in Wheaton, Md., on July 2. Blistering heat blanketed much of the eastern U.S. for the fourth straight day, after violent storms that took at least 15 lives. (Jason Reed / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A worker starts up a new gasoline generator outside a Citibank branch in Silver Spring, Md., on July 2. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A giant southern red oak tree that toppled in Silver Spring, Md., is cut up for removal on July 2. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Katie Kiang sits by an electrical outlet and a quiet spot to study for the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) inside the air-conditioned Westfield Montgomery mall on July 2 in Silver Spring, Md. Kiang and her family had been without electricity for three days. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Amanda Jacobs cools off by swinging into a quarry lake at the Beaver Dam Swimming Club in Cockeysville, Md. on July 2. (Win McNamee / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Utility workers try to free up power lines on July 2 after a huge tree fell across a road in Falls Church, Va. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Aziz Taylor plays in a water fountain to beat the heat in the Capital Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., on July 2. (Larry Downing / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A city worker ties power lines above a traffic signal in Lynchburg City, Va., on July 1. (Parker Michels-Boyce / The News & Advance via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. A crew clears a fallen tree from row homes in Washington D.C.'s Trinidad neighborhood on July 1. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Utility workers secure power lines on a pole in Springfield, Va., July 1. (Cliff Owen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Majd Zakr and other Harris Teeter employees hand out free bags of ice to customers outside of their store two days after a massive storm that swept through the region Friday night, July 1, in Bethesda, Md. (Allison Shelley / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A man carries an air conditioner he purchased at a P.C. Richard & Son store, in New York, Sunday, July 1. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. A worker clears debris from a large downed tree in Falls Church, Va., July 1. (Cliff Owen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. People play in the fountain at Washington Square Park in New York, July 1. (Eric Thayer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Frances Lukens looks at the tangle of boards and tree limbs piercing her living room ceiling in Lynchburg, Va., on June 30, after a huge oak tree fell directly on the house during a storm the previous night. (Parker Michels-boyce / The News & Advance via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Linda Gordon, 58, gets some relief with an ice pack aboard a MATA bus brought in as cooling stations during an event in Memphis, Tenn., June 30. The Convoy of Hope hosted a "poverty-free day" for low-income Memphis residents at the Fairgrounds. They were giving haircuts, clothes and groceries out until it was called it off due to the excessive heat. (Mike Maple / The Commercial Appeal via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Using crutches, Cooper Scott talks about the car where he and his mother were trapped in Lynchburg, Va., June 30, after a large oak tree fell on them during a violent storm the night before. Both spent most of the night in the hospital but were back at home by Saturday morning. (Parker Michels-Boyce / The News & Advance via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Rachel Myers, 2, of Durham races through the valleys and hills in the newly opened "Into the Mist" exhibit at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. June 30. The cool mist exhibit made its opening day appearance on a day when temperatures soared past 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the second day in a row. (Chuck Liddy / The News & Observer via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. A calendar shows temperatures recorded by Bob Richmeier, in Hill City, Kan., June 30. Hill City, best known for its bountiful pheasant hunting and museum of oil history, suffered through five days of brutal heat that topped out at 115 degrees. (Steve Hebert / The New York Times via Redux Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Robert St. Denny plays with his daughter, 9-month-old Lily St. Denny, as his wife Kelly Reyes sits at right, at a Red Cross shelter at Northwestern High School gym, June 30, in Hyattsville, Md. The apartment complex the St. Denny's live in was damaged by violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures that also wiped out power to more than 2 million people across the eastern United States. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Local residents observe damage after a powerful overnight storm in the Washington, D.C., region June 30, in Falls Church, Va. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Turner Field vendors Demetrius Smith, left, and James Jernigan use bags of ice to stay cool while working at the baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals at Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga., June 30. (Tami Chappell / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. People crowd at the beach at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York 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
  25. Arlington County residents pass the time in the Central Public Library after it was made an official cooling station in Arlington, Va., June 30. (Cliff Owen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Drivers crowd a gas station in the Tenleytown section of Washington, D.C., June 30, during a massive power outage resulting from a powerful storm late Friday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. A woman inspects a car left in the middle of the road after a massive storm knocked out power on June 30, in Takoma Park, Md. (Allison Shelley / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. A bicyclist navigates a sidewalk blocked by a fallen tree that also damaged a parked vehicle in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, June 30. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Cars line up for gas on Saturday, June 30, in Charleston, W.V. (Jeff Gentner / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Workers cut up a fallen tree, so that power lines can be repaired, in Huntington, Md. Over a million homes across the Washington area lost power after a severe thunderstorm hit the area. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. A tinted window on a condo complex door reflects the broken trunks of two of the four large pine trees destroyed the previous night in a massive storm that knocked out power for the neighborhood, June 30, in Takoma Park, Md. (Allison Shelley / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Mario Starks and Stacia Yearwood roll their belongings, including a full-sized keyboard and a cooking pot, through their neighborhood toward a friend's house the morning after a massive storm knocked out their power, as well as that of thousands of others in the region on June 30, in Takoma Park, Md. (Allison Shelley / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Resident Sandra Patterson, left, and friend Julia Gilliard inspect a downed tree in Patterson's front yard on a heavily damaged block the morning after a massive storm knocked out trees and power in the region on June 30, in Forest Glen, Md. (Allison Shelley / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. An uprooted tree caused lies across a street in the American University neighborhood of Washington, D.C., on June 30. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Power lines hang from a utility pole snapped in half as a fallen tree covers a car in Arlington, Va., June 30. (Win McNamee / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Storm-damaged trees litter the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 30. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. A power company worker surveys damage to overhead power lines on Canal Road in Washington, D.C., June 30. (Jason Reed / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Workers ride in a golf cart overloaded with tree branches as they clean up at the AT&T National in Bethesda, Md., June 30. (Jason Reed / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Workers remove debris from the 14th fairway due to overnight storm damage that delayed the start of Round Three of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on June 30, in Bethesda, Md. (Rob Carr / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. A worker uses a chainsaw to clear branches from a tree that fell onto the 14th fairway at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., June 30. (Patrick Semansky / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. A trampoline is seen smashed into the side of a garage by a violent storm in Lima, Ohio, June 29. (Gretchen White / The Lima News via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Columbus Grove police chief Nicholas Gilgenbach, right, talks with CSX personnel in front of the destroyed storefront of Christie's on the Square after strong winds tore through the region earlier in the day, June 29. (Jay Sowers / The Lima News via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. A two-alarm fire started by a lightning strike from a thunderstorm late Friday night engulfs a home north of Frederick, Md., early Saturday, June 30. (Sam Yu / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 7/3/2012 6:54:28 AM ET 2012-07-03T10:54:28

Several states were expected to see dangerously high temperatures until Thursday or Friday, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

The NWS issued excessive heat warnings for parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky.

It also issued warnings about severe thunderstorms in parts of Michigan and South Dakota early Tuesday.

Some 1.5 million people across states hit by thunderstorms last week are still without power, according to Shawn Reynolds of The Weather Channel.

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The NWS warned that “people without air conditioning in their home should try to spend at least a portion of each day in an air-conditioned environment” in the coming days as the hot weather continues.

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The Weather Channel’s website, weather.com, said the worst heat on July 4 would be located over the central states, with parts of the Midwest seeing highs about 5 to 15 degrees above average.

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“The sultry conditions will also extend eastward into the Mid-Atlantic, including Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, Pa. Be sure to take precautions if you have outdoor plans,” Chris Dolce, of weather.com, said.

Dolce warned that a cold front would bring scattered storms to the Northeast on July 4, saying “a few of these storms could be severe with damaging winds and hail.”

“Parts of the Southeast may deal with pop-up afternoon and evening thunderstorms, particularly in the southern Appalachians and south Florida,” he added.

A second cold front will bring scattered t-storms to the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, from the Dakotas to Minnesota,” Dolce said. “Lastly, an increase in moisture in the Southwest will lead to thunderstorms blossoming during the afternoon and evening in Arizona, New Mexico, southwest Colorado and, perhaps, southern Utah.”

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