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Virginia Power Outages Remain As Record Heat Scorches State

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In this Saturday, June 30, 2012, photo, an AEP crew member works on a power line on Colonial Avenue near Virginia Western Community College, in Roanoke, Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging residents to remain calm and patient as utility crews work to restore power to 739,000 electric customers after a severe storm late Friday swept through the region. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Jeanna Duerscherl) | AP

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More hot weather is in store for thousands of Virginians who remain without electricity nearly a week after severe storms hit the state.

Appalachian Power reports more than 65,000 outages on its website Friday morning. Dominion Virginia Power reports more than 6,000 outages on its website. Appalachian Power is a unit of American Electric Power Co. and Dominion Virginia is a unit of Dominion Resources Inc.

Heat advisories are in effect Friday and Saturday for much of the eastern half of Virginia.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's temperature in Richmond hit 102 degrees. The previous record was 101 set in 1990. Wallops Island saw 100 degrees. That broke the previous record of 98 set in 2010.

Lynchburg and Norfolk both tied records with 98 degrees. Danville also tied a record with 102 degrees.

In Roanoke, the temperature hit 99 degrees, one shy of the record 100 set in 1999.

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