Amid rising temperatures, more than half a million people still remain without power in the United States following last week’s strong storms.
US utility companies were trying to return lights and air conditions to more than 500,000 customers, including nearly 230,000 in West Virginia, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.
Residents frustrated by the sweltering heat criticized the companies for acting slowly in fixing power lines.
Violent storms, which began on Friday, have hit the eastern United States with high winds, toppling trees onto power lines and knocking out transmission towers and electrical substations.
The storms have claimed 24 lives in seven states and the District of Columbia.
The power outages forced many Fourth of July celebrations across the region to be canceled as local governments deal with damage from the strong winds and with the heat wave and drought conditions that make firework shows hazardous.