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Record-breaking heat scorches Northeast a second day

BOSTON — Record-breaking heat scorched sections of the Northeast for the second straight day Thursday, breaking multiple records from Vermont to Delaware and sending people flocking to beaches, pools and air-conditioned museums in an effort to stay cool.

The National Weather Service said at least eight temperature records across the country were broken Thursday and three others were tied.

In Vermont, temperatures soared to 97 degrees in Burlington, as well as in Georgetown, Del., and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, where new records were set. Boston's Logan Airport hit a record-breaking 96 degrees.

On Wednesday, 66 weather stations across the nation broke or tied records, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Relief is on the way, according to Dave Unger, a NOAA forecaster. He said the East Coast will get a break from the extreme heat from a low pressure system and possible coastal storms that are expected to lower temperatures heading into the weekend.

Duluth flood damage assessed: City, county and state officials spent Thursday assessing damage after historic flash flooding in Duluth, Minn., while areas farther south continued to fight rising waters. The town of Moose Lake was described as "an island."

Gov. Mark Dayton, who toured flood-ravaged areas, said he was committed to providing state resources and would work to speed the process of getting appropriate federal aid. Duluth Mayor Don Ness estimated there was $50 million to $80 million in damage to the city's public infrastructure alone.

Nearly 80 roads around St. Louis County remained closed at midday.

Despite the extensive damage, no deaths or injuries were reported.