Officials of parched Southern states turned to the federal government, Midwestern farmers and neighbors Thursday for help in feeding livestock during a record drought that has turned pasture land to dust.
No relief was forecast for the heat wave blamed for 14 deaths as it spread into the Midwest.
Highs in the mid to upper 90s were reported Thursday from Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio to North Carolina and northern Florida. The temperature in downtown Columbia, S.C., reached 100 for the 12th straight day.
'Grasping at Straws'
"There is a glimmer of hope that by early or middle of next week there may be a frontal system in the area," said meteorologist Jim Brackett in Raleigh, N.C. "That's grasping at straws, though. I don't want to encourage people too much about the prospects."
The heat has been blamed for the deaths of seven people in Georgia, three in North Carolina and one each in South Carolina, Virginia and Louisiana. In Vincennes, Ind., officials said a 16-year-old girl died of apparent heat stroke Wednesday while working in a tin-roofed building at a camp during temperatures in the mid-90s. An autopsy was planned.