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Number of heat-related deaths in Chicago up to 18

CHICAGO (AP) -- Authorities say the number of heat-related deaths in the Chicago area has risen to 18, despite the cooler temperatures.

The Chicago Tribune reports the Cook County medical examiner's office determined Sunday that eight more people died from heat-related causes, adding to the 10 deaths previously confirmed Saturday.

Chicago saw three consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures in the past week.

The newspaper reports that heat wave that affected two-thirds of the nation has tied or broken nearly 3,400 maximum and minimum temperature records.

Among those included in the area's heat-related deaths are a 100-year-old woman, 65-year-old woman, a 53-year-old man, a 46-year-old woman and an unidentified man believed to be about 30 years old.

The National Weather Service is predicting cooler weather for the next few days.

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Heat Wave Snapped, But Drought Continues

Some relief has arrived breaking our heat wave, but the drought continues across our region.   There were a few scattered showers across Illiana…Iroquois, Kankakee, Champaign and Vermilion counties recording some rain Sunday, but there was barely enough to wet down the dust.

Temperatures over the weekend climbed to around 105 degrees, with heat index readings of around 115.   Our forecast is calling for high temperatures to remain in the upper 80’s all this week.   And there is no mention of additional rain through Sunday.

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T.P. & W. Train Derails in Iroquois County

CRESCENT CITY --  Six cars on an eastbound Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad (T.P. & W) freight train derailed Saturday (7/7/12) along U-S. Route 24, east of Crescent City.

There was no injury.  There was no hazardous material involved, and railroad repair crews were expected to have the rail line running again by Monday.

The cause of the derailment, which may have been heat related, is under investigation, according to T.P. & W. spokesman Steve Lee.  The derailed cars remained upright.

The six derailed hoppers were the final cars on a 112-car freight train.  The derailment, just east of Iroquois County Road 1800 N, was reported at approximately 1:17 pm.  Crescent-Iroquois firefighters responded to a minor timber fire resulting from the derailment. 

Repair crews were completing restoration work Sunday.


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RELIEF: Heat Advisory Lifted

Heat Advisory

Statement as of 8:13 PM July 07, 2012

...Excessive heat warning has expired...

Temperatures and humidity will continue to gradually fall the remainder of this evening.

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(Advisory: Fireworks Sales)

Newton County, Indiana Sheriff’s Police and the Bureau of Tobacco & Firearms Agency is reminding citizens to be careful where they buy their fireworks and know what’s legal and illegal.

The Sheriff’s Office (Thurs) responded to a complaint about possible illegal possession of fireworks.  Deputies observed firework debris…..large black tubes which are larger than what’s allowed to be purchased at firework stores.  Examination of a firework shell revealed it required proper permitting before it can be fired.  Additional illegal shells were located in an open garage.

The Porter County Bomb Squad was called in along with the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Agency to dispose of the illegal fireworks.

Police said the homeowner stated he purchased the fireworks from a roadside stand in Hobart (IN) for cash.  No charges were filed against the homeowner, but that person was instructed to be more careful when purchasing fireworks from vendors at roadside stands.


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