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Officials Warn Mississippians Of Rising Temperatures

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 07 Aug 2013 06:00am | comments
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For the third straight day more than a dozen Mississippi counties are under extreme heat advisory. The warnings are issued by the national weather service when temperatures reach life threatening levels and temperatures could feel as high as 110 degrees.

 A road crew shovels fresh asphalt, which can be several hundred degrees hot, onto a fresh stretch of road under a blazing noon day Mississippi sun.

 Among them is Harvey Eligton, nick named Hello World.

 "On me? it is about 400. And me and my boys from Mississippi pavement are just trying to get the job done. Just maintain and drink a lot of water. The asphalt is hot itself," Eligton said.

 Eligton points out that his crew will go three two or three five gallon buckets of water a day, something that medical experts says is key to avoid potentially deadly heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

 The National Weather Service warns avoiding working outside during the hottest part of the day, something that is not an option for Mississippians whose jobs requires them to be outside.

 But for a group a children playing in a water fountain there are options.

 Patricia Lowe brought her day care class to the fountain and says she has to be vigilant when the temperature rises so high.

 "Those are some of the things we do at day care. We make pop-sicles and little ice creams. Just things to keep them hydrated. We keep them hydrated with water and things all day," Lowe said.

 Jim Pollard with the Ambulance company American Medical Response says all people are at risk for heat illness, but some are especially in danger.

 "There are certain categories of the population at greater risk for heat illness and those would include the chronically ill, substance abusers, obese folks, children under four and elders particularly," Pollard said.

 The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency advises that neighbors and relatives check in on vulnerable residents.

 The heat advisory continues through today.

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