Steam bath weather adds to misery after Appalachian flooding

Kirsten Gomez, right, cries to her family member Kathy Hall, left, after what she calls a quiet...
Kirsten Gomez, right, cries to her family member Kathy Hall, left, after what she calls a quiet moment to reflect on what her family has gone through in the aftermath of massive flooding, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Hindman, Ky. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)(Brynn Anderson | AP)
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 10:18 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Temperatures are soaring in a region of eastern Kentucky where people are shoveling out the wreckage of massive flooding. Many are working without electricity.

The National Weather Service expects the heat and humidity to combine for a heat index of up to 100 by midday.

Forecasters expect the steam bath to last through Thursday evening.

Officials opened cooling centers for residents, and an advisory has been issued warning of the risk of heat-related illnesses across the flood-ravaged area.

The death toll stands at 37. About 5,000 customers remain without power and hundreds of people are staying in emergency shelters.

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