Nearly two million people in Washington D.C. and 10 states from Indiana to Delaware began Monday evening without electricity. Lack of cool air is the last thing people want as the temperatures were in the 90s and 100s in many cities across the nation. "Pepco's pace of restoring power to me, anyway, is unacceptable,” said D.C. mayor Vincent Gray about the energy company stepping in for its 47,000 customers without power. “And the speed of their response is disappointing. How many times have we been through this before?"
Overall, at least 19 people have died as a result of this weather. And, while power is off and the sweltering heat continues to bake, many are taking refuge in public pools, libraries, and malls. "They get frustrated because they're not getting the lights on, as fast as they think they should," said Dominion Power crew supervisor Josh Little about the technicians. "They're only human beings. ... They're wearing down a little bit."