NOAA Weather Alert for July 7-8, 2012
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING... ...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING. AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING. THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * AREAS AFFECTED: CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA...LOWER EASTERN SHORE...AND NORTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA. * MAXIMUM FORECAST HEAT INDEX VALUES: BETWEEN 110 AND 115 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON. * TIMING: THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURES AND HEAT INDICES WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 1 PM AND 6 PM TODAY AND SUNDAY. * IMPACTS: PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE HEAT OR ANY STRENUOUS ACTIVITY OUTDOORS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.
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 ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY IN THE SHADE IF POSSIBLE...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 - CALL 9 1 1.
Alert is for following areas: DORCHESTER-WICOMICO-SOMERSET-INLAND WORCESTER-
MARYLAND BEACHES-NORTHAMPTON NC-HERTFORD-GATES-PASQUOTANK-CAMDEN-INLAND
CURRITUCK-BERTIE-CHOWAN-PERQUIMANS-OUTER BANKS CURRITUCK-HANOVER- CHESTERFIELD-HENRICO-KING WILLIAM-KING AND QUEEN-ESSEX- WESTMORELAND-RICHMOND-NORTHUMBERLAND-LANCASTER-BRUNSWICK- DINWIDDIE-PRINCE GEORGE-CHARLES CITY-NEW KENT-GLOUCESTER- MIDDLESEX-MATHEWS-GREENSVILLE-SUSSEX-SURRY-JAMES CITY-YORK- SOUTHAMPTON-ISLE OF WIGHT-NEWPORT NEWS/HAMPTON-NORFOLK/PORTSMOUTH- SUFFOLK-CHESAPEAKE-VIRGINIA BEACH-ACCOMACK-NORTHAMPTON VA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CAMBRIDGE...SALISBURY...CRISFIELD... PRINCESS ANNE...SNOW HILL...OCEAN CITY...MARGARETTSVILLE... AHOSKIE...ELIZABETH CITY...EDENTON...COROLLA...ASHLAND... COLONIAL HEIGHTS...RICHMOND...TAPPAHANNOCK...LAWRENCEVILLE... PETERSBURG...HOPEWELL...EMPORIA...WAKEFIELD...WILLIAMSBURG... POQUOSON...FRANKLIN...NEWPORT NEWS...HAMPTON...CHINCOTEAGUE... WALLOPS ISLAND...MELFA...EASTVILLE.
* MAXIMUM FORECAST HEAT INDEX VALUES: BETWEEN 110 AND 115 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON. * TIMING: THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURES AND HEAT INDICES WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 1 PM AND 6 PM TODAY AND SUNDAY. * IMPACTS: PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE HEAT OR ANY STRENUOUS ACTIVITY OUTDOORS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.
My alert for pet owners: Please make sure outdoor pets have plenty of fresh drinking water.
Feed wet food, if possible, as dry food can speed dehydration. Outdoor pets should be provided
with adequate shade. If you have indoor pets, leave air conditioner running when away from
house. If you are trying to save money on electricity, put pets in one room with air. Even
indoor pets with no air-flow can succumb to heat exhaustion. Both indoor and outdoor pets can
be cooled with a gentle rubdown using ice cubes. You can also add cubed ice to pet's water
several times a day.
Press Release from Delmarva Power, released today:
Delmarva Power Monitors the Weekend Forecast and Prepares for Potential Severe Weather
SALISBURY, Md. – Delmarva Power is carefully monitoring the weekend forecast which is calling for more severe storms. Amidst record-breaking heat, the forecast is calling for more severe storms on Saturday and Sunday which may include damaging winds, lightning and hail.
Customers should be prepared for this weather and unexpected power outages that it may cause. Tree limbs are already weakened from last week’s storm and are vulnerable to further damage that may be caused by additional wind and rain. Delmarva Power is fully prepared to respond to the potential impacts of these forecasted weather conditions, and has a full complement of utility and contractor line crews and tree crews, as well as damage assessors on hand to address any outages.
If the area does get hit with these potential storms, Delmarva Power will work with state and local emergency management agencies, if they are activated, to address concerns and priorities of the respective communities. “Our personnel, including both Delmarva Power and mutual assistance crews, have been working tirelessly for the last week in extreme, and often times dangerous conditions,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power Region President. “However, if called upon, we are ready to respond to another storm event. We appreciate our customers’ patience during these challenging times.” The National Weather Service predicts that extreme heat and humidity will continue into the weekend with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.