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Heat Wave Continues...'Cooling Centers' Activated >

Heat Advisory

Statement as of 10:55 AM July 03, 2012

               ...Heat advisory remains in effect until 9 PM CDT /10 PM EDT/ Wednesday...

* temperature...high temperatures today will climb into the

  upper 90s to around 100 degrees...with highs 100 to 104 on

  Wednesday.

* Heat indices...peak heat index readings today and on Wednesday

  will be between 100 and 107 degrees.

* Other...if current forecasts hold then additional heat

  advisories and warnings will likely be issued for Thursday

  into Friday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

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...call 9 1 1.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot weather is expected.

High temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...

and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when the car interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes!

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Attorney Roger Elliott Dies, husband of Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott

The husband of 21st Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott has died.  Roger Elliott died while on a hunting trip to Wyoming.  Elliott practiced law from his Momence firm in Kankakee County.

He represented Momence Township, the village of Hopkins Park, and served two stints as the Momence city attorney.

Roger Elliott was 66.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Thunderstorm roars through Chicago, NW Indiana

CHICAGO (AP) -- About 190,000 ComEd customers were still without power hours after thunderstorms with winds up to 90 mph roared through the Chicago area.

ComEd spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney says about 20,000 of the original 210,000 customers who lost power had seen their power restored late Sunday afternoon. She says it is not clear how long it would take to restore power to the rest of the customers.

Most of the outages were reported in Chicago and the suburbs to the north of the city.

Storms with damaging winds, hail and rain swept through Northwest Indiana early Sunday afternoon, causing significant power outages, according to NIPSCO.

A severe thunderstorm warning has expired for Lake, Porter and northern Jasper counties, according to the National Weather Service. A line of severe thunderstorms producing quarter-size hail and winds in excess of 80 mph moved east through the area early Sunday afternoon.

At 3 p.m., NIPSCO was reporting more than 10,000 customers without power, including nearly 5,000 in Crown Point.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Farm Accident Kills Hired-Hand in Indiana

A Benton County, Indiana man was killed in a farm accident Wednesday. It happened near Goodland in Newton County.

Investigators said 36-year-old Manuel Lino Mejia-Lamas died Wednesday evening at the Seven Hills Dairy Farm, southeast of Goodland.

Sheriff's deputies said another farm employee, was operating a pay loader shortly after 7:00 p.m. when the bucket fell on Mejia-Lamas.  Emergency personnel pronounced Mejia-Lamas dead at the scene.

The case is under investigation by the Benton County Coroner, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, and the Benton County Prosecutor.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

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Fire destroys Benton County home

OXFORD, Ind. -    A house and garage were destroyed by fire early today (Fri) in Benton County, Indiana.  No injury was reported in Oxford.  The fire broke out around 12:45 am in the 400-block of E. Benton Street.

Firefighters reported 18 five people were living in the home. A woman inside woke up to the smoke and fire in a back bedroom. She quickly woke up her parents and grabbed her two children. All five made it out safely.

Firefighters from Oxford, Fowler and Boswell all responded to the scene.

A pickup truck and aerosol cans only helped fuel the fire. The fire forced a main part of town to be shut down to traffic. Firefighters fought the second floor fire from the roof of the porch, using a chainsaw at times. The heat only created more problems but firefighters were able to eventually get the upper hand.

The cause of the fire is unknown.