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The Independent Online
THE HEATWAVE gripping the eastern United States left around 200,000 New York City residents without electricity yesterday. The power failure plunged the Washington Heights area of upper Manhattan into darkness. Traffic signals, the subway, refrigeration and air-conditioning all ground to a halt.

At least eight people have died from the stifling heat and humidity in the north-east of the US over the past five days.