NewsNation | July 05, 2012
>> are still without power today, day after the detroit area got pounded by heavy storms. on the east coast , the number of people without power dropping. not quickly enough. if you're one of thoels people entering the sixth day without power and the heat wave continues today with dangerous triple-digit heat index values in many parts of the country. nbc's john yang is live for us in chicago .
>> reporter: hello, tamron . it's another day for the record books here in chicago . a little while ago the official temperature reading was 102. and that ties a record set for this date more than a century ago. as the nation celebrated its 236th birthday with fireworks, across much of the country it was as hot as a firecracker. chicago had only its second triple-digit fourth of july on record. this bank thermometer hit 104 degrees. the official high, 102, tying a record set more than a century ago.
>> we need to protect ourselves and those who are at greatest risk from heat related illness this summer season.
>> we're tough, but this one -- this one -- this one is a little more than we're used to.
>> reporter: lake michigan beaches were jammed but water temperatures in the mid-70s didn't offer much relief. with the nation's midsection in the grip of a massive hot air, excessive heat warnings continue. in des moines , people tried to have some holiday fun, despite the blistering ?heat.
>> too hot. but we're having a good time.
>> reporter: st. louis hit triple digits for the seventh straight day. the longest streak in more than 50 years. some efforts to beat the heat had tragic results. at least three children died after being electrocuted in lakes in missouri and tennessee in two separate incidents. work crews in areas hit hard by last week's powerful storm spent the holiday removing downed trees, clearing the way for utility workers to restore power.
>> we usually work 16 hours. we extended it to 19 hours pause we felt sorry for people who were without electricity.
>> i'm dying to go home . i'm so tired.
>> we've lost everything. we've lost everything that required refrigeration.
>> reporter: if the temperatures continue to climb, we could close in on chicago 's all-time record of 105. and, tamron , there's no relief in sight for another day at least. the excessive heat advisory is in place until friday night. tamron ?
>> all right, john. thank you