Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Heat, smog alert continue




By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Stifling weather Monday prompted health officials to issue a two-day heat alert on top of a previously issued smog alert.

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Cincinnati firefighter Jeff Yount cools off after working a garage fire Monday.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        The alert, issued by the Cincinnati Health Department and the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department, continues today, along with the smog alert.

        This week, 90-degree temperatures and high humidity have created a dangerous mix, sending numerous residents to hospitals.

        An elderly woman with a body temperature of 106 degrees was hospitalized in the intensive-care unit at Jewish Hospital over the weekend.

        During the last two days, the Owensville Fire Department responded to three heat-related illnesses at the Clermont County Fair.

        Although Monday's high was 90, the humidity made it feel like 98 degrees at 5 p.m. The same conditions are fore cast for today.

        The heat is expected to moderate Wednesday with highs in the mid-80s, according to AccuWeather forecasters.

        Recreation centers and senior centers on both sides of the river are open during regular hours as “cool centers.”

        Northern Kentucky residents 60 and older can call Senior Services of Northern Kentucky at (859) 491-0522 for a ride.

        “Anybody is at risk ... even the young 19- to 20-year-old I saw jogging,” said Dr. Rick Ryan, emergency room physician at Jewish Hospital. “That's serious stress on the body. You just have to use common sense.”

        Cindy Schroeder contributed to this report.

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