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Northwest Heat Wave Triggers Blackouts as New York Will Sizzle

  • Avista instituted rolling power outages on Monday and Tuesday
  • East coast cities now face their own heat wave beginning today
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Dangerous Northwest Heat Wave Already Triggering Power Outages
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The rare and powerful heat wave shattering records across the U.S. Northwest is taking a bruising toll on the region’s infrastructure, buckling highways, hobbling public transit and triggering rolling power outages.

Avista Corp. -- which serves nearly 340,000 customers in eastern Washington, Idaho and Oregon -- instituted rolling outages for the first time in company history as temperatures soared. The periodic blackouts had impacted about 4,667 customers as of late Tuesday, with a total of 21,000 warned that they could face disruptions, the company said. Heat also warped Seattle highways and scorched Portland’s streetcar wires, suspending service.