It’s a third day of sweltering temperatures in much of the eastern United States, even as more than two million people endure another day without power in the aftermath of a round of severe summer storms.

The outages extend from North Carolina to New Jersey and as far west as Illinois. Utility officials say the power will probably be out for several more days for some people.

Since Friday, severe weather has been blamed for at least 22 deaths — most from trees falling on homes and cars.

Commuters who were back on the roads this morning in the Washington, DC area were worried about delays caused by downed trees and darkened stoplights. But with many federal workers given the option of staying home, traffic was lighter than normal in many places.

Officials say there are still more than 400 signal outages today in Maryland — most of them just outside the nation’s capital.

On one street in Falls Church, Va., downed trees were blocking the road on either side. Neighbors used chain saws to cut a path on one side.

 

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