Southern heat blamed for 33 deaths
Drought worsens as much of South sees 10th day of 100-degree weather
MSNBC and NBC News, Aug 16, 2007
The heat wave sweeping through the South has been blamed for at least 33 deaths this month and created potentially ruinous drought conditions.
Relentless sunshine has sent temperatures to record highs across the region, topping 100 degrees in some areas for the 10th straight day. Temperatures soared in
A 53-year-old man was found dead in his apartment Wednesday in
So far this month, nine people have died from heat-related causes in
The Southern death toll does not include two illegal immigrants who were also believed to have succumbed to the heat after their bodies were found Thursday morning in the desert near Ocotillo, Ariz., NBC affiliate KYMA of Yuma reported.
Students, animals at risk
Its almost unbearable, the bus driver, Kim Norman, told NBC affiliate WSFA. Ive had students with bloody noses and throwing up because of the heat.
The dog days of summer can also be a dangerous time for mans best friend.
If a dog is out in the heat, it can dehydrate fast, Humane Officer Ron VanHerwyn said. Its terrible for an animal.
Drought creeps farther around the region
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that drought conditions had reached an exceptional level across
NOAA forecast that the drought would persist in northern and central
Police in several cities reported a rise in thefts of air conditioners, some of which were being snatched out from windows.
The air conditioner at
We have no air in this room, the Rev. Waverly Smith told NBC affiliate WAVY. Weve got one, two, three, four and five fans blowing, and its unbearable.
Smith held out hope that the air conditioner was being put to good use. "Maybe they were taking it to Grandma who doesnt have any air conditioning and getting her to be safe through the heat, he said.
NFL team throws in the towel
Officials warned residents in the South to stay indoors if they could. Strenuous activities were considered especially dangerous.
Some golfers in
Makes you tired real quick, golfer Gary Yelton acknowledged. Youve got to be careful dont get too hot, drink plenty of water and you can still have fun at it.
But the New Orleans Saints football team played it safe, closing its training camp a day early in