Utility crews struggled to catch up with a backlog of millions of people without electricity for a fourth hot day Tuesday as frustration grew and authorities feared the toll of 23 storm deaths could rise because of stifling conditions and generator fumes.
The storms have left Maryland a mess. The clock is ticking on restoration efforts as the summer sizzles.
Gov. Martin O’Malley says he is pushing utilities to do better than their predictions of restoring power to 90 percent of homes by Friday.