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Thursday, 05 July 2012 - 15:30
Independence Day plans hit by US power cuts and heat
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Nearly one million people went without power on Independence Day as utilities worked to restore service five days after severe storms hit the eastern US.

Residents without air-conditioning or working refrigerators faced searing heat in the storm's wake.

Some towns cancelled firework displays marking the national holiday, saying police and fire-fighters could not be spared as repair work continued.

Some customers were expected to be without power until the weekend.

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