13 people killed in heat-related deaths

The heat wave gripping the plains states and Midwest is taking a human toll. So far, 13 people nationwide have died from the heat wave. No deaths were reported in Nebraska.

Four pets have died in Omaha and Lincoln and the humane society is asking pet owners to make sure your pets have plenty of shade and water. They suggest bringing your outdoor animals inside during this heat wave.

Forecasters say the sweltering heat will continue through the week in the Midwest and the extreme discomfort is spreading to the East Coast. The heat index in many parts of the Midwest has easily surpassed 100 degrees.

The misery was widespread Tuesday, with the worst conditions blanketing a broad band from Texas to Minnesota and Dakotas. Seventeen states issued heat watches, warnings or advisories.