Searing temperatures in Oklahoma claim 12 lives in heatwave

August 3, 2011TULSA, Oklahoma — The number of confirmed heat-related deaths in Oklahoma is now 12, with autopsies pending in 10 other cases. It’s dangerous enough above 100 degrees, but now with temperatures above 110, it’s even more life threatening. And this is our 30th day with triple digit temperatures. Matt Cooksey is waiting in the heat for a bus that will take him to work. When it’s 100 degrees it’s tough enough. Now, above 110, the heat is threatening records and threatening even more lives. “It’s life risking, having to walk down the road or chase after a bus,” Cooksey said. Cooksey lives at the Tulsa County Emergency Shelter, which is one of Tulsa’s three cooling stations. “Real thankful because it gives a chance for people who are less fortunate or homeless are able to cool off,” he said. As the temperature goes up, Dr. John Jennings says anxiety does too. “When you have individuals that don’t have air conditioning, and don’t partake of enough fluids, then the body can’t cool itself,” Dr. Jennings said. While some people think there’s really no difference between 107 and 113, Doctor Jennings says don’t be mistaken. The hotter it gets the possibility of getting overheated increases. “When the core body temperature gets to 106 degrees it causes catastrophic problems,” he says. EMSA has now issued 21 heat alerts. “It is Oklahoma. It is what it is, it’s always hot, but I don’t remember it being this hot, and taking such a toll,” said EMSA Spokesperson Chris Stevens. Stevens says they’ve treated nearly 260 patients so far, and it can’t be stressed enough to hydrate. “Most people are saying they haven’t had much water or no water during the day when we’re actually taking them to the hospital and treating them in the back of the ambulance,” he said. –News on 6
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7 Responses to Searing temperatures in Oklahoma claim 12 lives in heatwave

  1. c/o Luisport

    NWSNorman NWS Norman
    por BreakingNews
    Wichita Falls has seen a high over 100 for 43 straight days. That’s a new record. #txwx #heatwave
    há 4 minutos


  2. K80 says:

    We live in Tulsa, it is as hot as we have ever seen it in the 30+years living here. This winter we also broke records for cold, I ma not sure what is going on, but it sure makes you think what is next.


  3. Anthony says:

    “I don’t remember it being this hot,” is what you are going to hear daily until this planet pops off!


  4. Luca says:

    Coldest winters in 100 1000 years, record breaking winters, and now record breaking summer heat. I don’t go outside much at the moment reached 105 today. Just brutal


  5. zorar says:

    Malachi chapter 4 and I think revelations chapter 6,talks about not really a religious person but there is sum truth in the scriptures.judgement time?


  6. Javier says:

    It is imperative to stay well hydrated during a heatwave.The recommended water intake for an adult is at least 8 to 13 cups a day. I myself ingest a minimum of a gallon of water per day (16 cups),and increase my H2O consumption during days of 100 degrees and above.


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