Ruthless Heat Wave Scorches Pacific Northwest and Parts of Canada

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The rare and powerful heat wave that’s shattering records across the U.S. Northwest is taking a bruising toll on the region’s infrastructure, causing highways to buckle, 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 the company’s history as temperatures soared. The blackouts, which were affecting about 9,300 customers late Monday, are expected to last into Tuesday. The heat also warped pavement on Seattle highways and scorched wires on Portland’s streetcar system, suspending service.

“I have never seen anything like this in my 40 years of forecasting,” said Paul Walker, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.

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