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Sunday
Jul072013

Excessive Heat Warning Issued as Northeast Heat Wave Continues

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's been a hot weekend in the Northeast as temperatures in New York City Sunday are expected to rise above 90 degrees for the third straight day.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the city and parts of New Jersey, as high humidity will make temperatures feel well over 100 degrees.

“When the humidity levels are so high, that moisture has no place to go so you sweat and the sweat stays on you,” explained National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Silva in New York City. “And when the sweat stays on you the heat stays on you.”

Silva said the combination of high temperatures and humidity can be dangerous for children and the elderly.

“Heat is one of the number one killers in terms of weather related fatalities,” he said. “That's why we suggest people take extra precaution in these events of extreme heat.”

Residents are advised to stay inside and out of the sun when possible, and to drink plenty of fluids.

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Monday
Jul092012

Heat Wave Over Most of US Finally Breaks

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Relief from a record-breaking heat wave in the Midwest and East has finally arrived, and residents can expect more seasonal temperatures over the next five days.

The triple-digit temperatures are being blamed for at least 35 heat-related deaths, including 18 in Chicago’s Cook County.

Some 2,438 high-temperature records were set during an 11-day period that ended Saturday, according to AccuWeather.com, including in Raleigh, N.C., where the thermometer went over the 100-degree mark for six days straight.

In Washington D.C., the temperature went above 95 degrees for 11 straight days, including a one-day record of 105 on Saturday.

The intense heat has buckled roads, bent rails, derailed trains and even melted airport runway asphalt.  

US Airways reports one of its planes got stuck on Friday when its wheels sank into tarmac “soft spots” while pulling away from a gate at Ronald Reagan National Airport.  The passengers and luggage were removed while an airport tug towed the plane out of its sticky mess.  The flight was delayed for three hours.

Approximately 100,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio are still without power, more than a week after powerful thunderstorms tore through the region.

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Friday
Jul062012

Triple-Digit Temperatures and Power Outages Continue

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Residents of the Windy City probably wish they had a breeze to help them cope with the searing heat that has been scorching Chicago lately.  

The mercury hit a record 103 degrees on Thursday -- the second straight day of triple-digit temps -- and forecasters are predicting another 103 degrees on Friday.  If that happens, it will be only the third three-day heat wave of 100-degree temperatures in Chicago since record-keeping began in the 19th century.

Chicago has now endured six consecutive days of over 90 degrees, a heat wave that has forced the closing of summer school classes and contributed to two deaths.

The city’s medical examiner’s office says autopsies performed on Thursday show heat stress contributed to the deaths of a 48-year-old man and a 56-year-old man.

There were heat advisories in 23 states on Thursday, and in many of those states, residents were forced to deal with both high temperatures and continued power outages.

Power is coming back slowly for folks in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, following last week’s violent thunderstorms, but utility companies in Michigan, West Virginia and Ohio say there are more than 600,000 homes and businesses still in the dark and without AC.

Severe thunderstorms swept across eastern Tennessee Thursday night.  Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say at least two people were killed by the violent weather.

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Wednesday
Jun202012

Heat Wave Strikes Northeast as Summer Begins

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Summer officially kicks off on Wednesday and many across the U.S. will certainly be feeling the heat.

In the Midwest, Chicagoans are in store for the hottest start to the season in over three decades.  Temperatures in the Illinois city are expected to hit the 90s on Wednesday for the 13th day this year, tying a record set back in 1977.

But the real heat will be concentrated over the Northeast, where 13 states are under heat warnings and advisories.  Temperatures there are expected to hit the mid- to high-90s on Wednesday, marking more than a 20-degree jump in less than 24 hours.

The weather will be even hotter on Thursday across the Northeast, with actual air temperatures of 100 possible from Washington, D.C., to Boston.  If that happens, many major cities could break records.

The heat wave will continue in the region through Friday, when temperatures are also expected to hit the 90s, before cooling off over the weekend.

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Friday
Aug052011

Air Conditioner Thefts Leave Residents Boiling

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- As if the heat wave wasn’t bad enough, there have been reports of a worsening problem of stolen air conditioning units in Texas.

This is part of an ongoing problem. These thieves are stealing the copper and other metals, and selling them to make a quick buck. But with a heat wave like this one, stolen air-conditioners are certainly not going unnoticed and are beyond unbearable for many.

Ten units from Chisholm Baptist Church in Rockwall were stolen last week. Someone pilfered the air conditioners, leaving only pipes sticking out of brick walls and congregants sweating through Sunday service.

Authorities say air conditioner thefts are on the rise.

Paula More, a Rylie resident, says she felt “violated” when she came home to check the thermostat, and discovered her AC unit outside was gone.  Her new unit cost her $2,200, and is now protected by a cage.

The consequences can be dire. Last month, Dolores Grissom was found dead of heat-related causes, two days after her air conditioner was stolen.

In Dallas, all thefts involving metal are assigned to a three-detective metal theft squad. The unit handles about 15 to 22 offenses a day, most involving air conditioning units.

And thieves have also been known to cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage just to steal a few hundred dollars’ worth of copper.

When the First Evangelist Church of God in Christ in Pleasant Grove, Texas wouldn’t cool down, congregants discovered their air conditioner was in pieces because all the copper had been removed.

Authorities have been upping the stakes in the battle against copper thefts for years. Dallas enacted an ordinance to make it more difficult for metal thieves to sell their wares at scrap yards in 2008.

A new state law going into effect Sept. 1 will require scrap dealers to create detailed records of their purchases, including the collection of sellers’ thumbprints and video or photos of the seller.

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Wednesday
Aug032011

NFL Player Collapses, Convulses at Training Camp

Drew Hallowell/Getty(BETHLEHEM, Pa.) -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson says he's fine after several media outlets at the team's training camp facility reported the 6-foot-1, 300-pounder went into convulsions and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

The 27-year-old was immediately attended to by staff after collapsing and shaking on the field before being carted off to Lehigh Valley Hospital for further evaluation. Patterson reportedly responded well to doctors at the hospital and appeared alert while joking around with members of the Eagles' staff.

According to team doctors, dehydration is believed to have caused the episode.

Patterson, who entered the NFL in 2005, has spent his entire career in Philadelphia.

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Wednesday
Aug032011

Deadly Heat: Two High School Football Players Die after Practice

Getty(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that two high school football players died Tuesday, as officials try to determine the effects of hot weather on both players.

Fitzgerald High School defensive lineman DJ Searcy died Tuesday morning following practice at a camp in northern Florida. The 16-year-old was found unresponsive in his cabin, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Locust Grove High School offensive lineman Forrest Jones died Tuesday night. Jones passed out at a voluntary workout last week, which is not governed by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) rules and policies. Doctors believe that Jones, 16, may have had a heat stroke or heat exhaustion, according to his family.

Until Tuesday, there had not been a heat-related death for a high school football player in Georgia in five years, according to the GHSA.

The GHSA is the state’s governing body for high school athletics, which mandated that all member schools develop their own heat policies after the death of Rockdale County football player Tyler L. Davis after a voluntary workout Aug. 1, 2006.

The GHSA also recommended the use of a heat-index rating or wet-bulb temperature to determine whether practices should be held or modified because of grueling temperatures.

The first official day for high school football practice in helmets and pads was Monday across the scorching state.

The GHSA may develop a stricter and more uniform heat policy in the near future. University of Georgia researchers are in the final stages of a three-year study on heat risks associated with high school athletics.

The study couldn't come at a more critical time: more than 32,000 high school students participate in football each year in Georgia.

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Tuesday
Aug022011

Record Heat Dome

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- There were two dozen record highs in temperature reported Monday. These highs ranged from Washington D.C. where it was 100 degrees, to Topeka, Kansas where the mercury hit 109.

The most notable might have been in Fort Smith, Arizona where the actual temperature was 111 degrees. That breaks a record for a day that stood since 1896.

In Addition, July was the warmest month on record for a dozen cities around the country from Detroit, Michigan, to West Palm Beach, Florida.

Tuesday, there are 14 states under heat warnings and advisories from Iowa to Texas and into Florida. In these areas today,  temperatures will feel like 100 to 115 degrees. 

The hot weather is expected to continue for the rest of the week in the Central states and in the South.  In addition, the heat should move slightly East into Georgia and the Carolinas; temps in Atlanta and Raleigh will approach 100 degrees by Wednesday and Thursday.

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Friday
Jul222011

Summer Heat Wave Continues for Many Parts of US

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Many parts of the U.S. continue to bake in a sweltering heat wave, with high temperatures and humidity pushing the heat index well above 100 degrees.

Folks in Philadelphia, New York City, Washington D.C., Boston and the rest of the East Coast are expected to be especially hard-hit Friday.

On Thursday, New York park officials closed access to the Statue of Liberty’s crown when temperatures inside reached 110 degrees.  The rest of the statue and Liberty island remained open to visitors.

New York City’s power company, Con Edison, said its system was at 93 percent capacity Thursday and it expects to break the record for power consumption Friday.  Customers are being asked to do their part to conserve by setting air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher and delaying running appliances until after 10 p.m.

The power company ISO New England, which covers six states in the Northeast, said Thursday’s power demand made its top 10 of high usage days, and Friday is expected to rank up there as well.

PJM Interconnection, which transmits electricity to some 13 states and the District of Columbia, says it may have set an all-time record for power demand on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, the local water authority is asking customers to stop watering their lawns in an effort to save water.  The city’s department of waterworks usually pumps 140 million gallons of water on an average day.  On Wednesday, when temperatures soared into the high 90s, it pumped 217 million gallons.

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Thursday
Jul212011

US Heat Wave Heads East; Heat Index Forecast to Top 100 Degrees

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The scorching heat that's been burning up the Midwest is now moving towards Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and the rest of the East Coast.

Forecasters say the heat index will top 100 degrees Thursday in most Eastern cities and will be even higher on Friday.

In response to the heatwave, Alaska Airlines announced pets will not be accepted for travel in the cargo hold of flights traveling to or from Chicago, Minneapolis, Miami, Washington, D.C. or Newark, New Jersey through the weekend.

And just how hot has it been?  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, since the heatwave began last Friday there have been 221 new record-high temperatures set.

These record temperatures are to blame for the deaths of 22 people so far, authorities say.

Dr. Jordan Moskoff advises people to keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion and deadly heat stroke.  For example, take special notice when you stop sweating because that’s a sign of heat stroke, which can kill within a half hour.

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