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Severe thunderstorm, excessive heat warnings issued

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jul 22, 2011 at 9:21 PM

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Huron County today (Friday).

A severe thunderstorm watch had been in effect until 8 p.m. The alert was raised to a warning at 2 p.m.

Also, an excessive heat warning was in effect until 9 p.m. today.

Oppressive heat and humidity remaisn across the region this afternoon with high temperatures in the mid 90s combined with high humidity levels. Heat index values of 105 to 109 degrees are expected this afternoon into this evening. This prolonged period of dangerously high heat and humidity will pose a significant risk of heat illness.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat-related illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, so call 9-1-1 if that happens to someone.

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