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From staff and wire reports
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The heat wave over the eastern United States eased slightly Wednesday, but power outages -- including a blackout in Manhattan -- left hundreds of thousands without air conditioning, fans or refrigeration in still-high temperatures.
The intense heat has contributed to at least 17 deaths: seven in Pennsylvania, three in New York City, three in New Jersey, two in Massachusetts and two in Chicago. [None in California. -ab]
Consolidated Edison, a New York utility company, reported 68,0000 customers were without electric power, including about 20 percent of Manhattan.
The heat index -- the combined effect of temperature and humidity -- made it feel like 109. The city officials on Tuesday opened 86 "cooling centers" for people to escape the heat.
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