Simmering Heat Pushes East

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 2:21pm

Deadly heatwave already gripping much of the nation continues to spread.

The oppressive heat that has had much of the country's midsection boiling is moving east.

Monday's heat was so severe the National Weather Service declared excessive heat warnings in at least 14 states.

The heat index in Minnesota was around 115, and especially hard on older Americans like Jack Hiner.

"Just the high humidity, the heat can you deal with but the humidity makes it hard to breath," Hiner said.

A Louisiana woman who had wandered too far from her nursing home stopped breathing and died from suspected overexposure to the heat.

Across the Midwest, people without fans or air conditioners are being advised to go to shopping malls, movie theaters, libraries...anywhere to cool off.

At a public pool in Omaha that was only possible after two tons of ice were dumped in to lower water temperature, heated by a blazing sun.

Air conditioning broke down in state offices in Oklahoma City on the 28th straight day of triple digit highs.

The heatwave is taking a toll on farm animals on ranches across Texas as well.

"In these last few weeks it is coming to a head and more of these horses are having problems," says veterinarian Dr. John Bitter.

So are the cattle, and even household pets who, like us, need a lot more care as long as it stays this hot.

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