Five people in Tennessee and Missouri are thought to have died earlier on Friday from the stifling heat. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia declared a state of emergency, saying, “The damage from today’s storms is widespread and in many places severe.”
A state of emergency was also declared in Virginia. Officials there were investigating the deaths in Tennessee and Missouri, including that of a baby and two young boys, to determine if they were related to the heat.
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The storm was followed by further sizzling temperatures in many states on Saturday.
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