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Western US Plagued With Record Heat, Floods

Residents in many parts of the western United States will suffer from another day of high temperatures Friday.

Many cities reached record high temperatures on Thursday, such as the tourist destination of Las Vegas, Nevada, which sweltered under 47 degree Celsius heat. Temperatures also reached into the upper 40s and low 50-degree Celsius mark in cities such as Phoenix, Arizona; Boise, Idaho; and Baker, California.

Authorities in many cities have opened cooling centers to prevent residents from being stricken by heat stroke. Authorities are also concerned that the heat wave will overburden the electricity grid, as residents seeking relief turn on air conditioners.

Meanwhile, much of Texas is dealing with massive flooding triggered by six straight weeks of storms that have dumped several centimeters of rain on the southwestern U.S. state.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.