The power outages come on the first of three days where temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s and an excessive heat advisory has been issued for the county.
Overnight storms brought winds that downed trees, causing much of the power outages. According to AEP Ohio’s website, over 7,100 customers were without power as of 11:26 a.m. Tuesday. The Energy Cooperative’s website showed over 3,400 customers without power around the same time.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington predicted the high temperature for the area to be 92 degrees on Tuesday with heat index values as high as 103 degrees. On Wednesday, the high is expected to be near 96 with heat index values as high as 106 degrees.
Earlier this week, Licking County Emergency Management Agency issued tips for the community to get through the heat advisory safely, including taking advantage of air-conditioned spaces, like libraries, malls and theatres. The agency said staying hydrated is important and be mindful of heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include feeling faint or dizzy, excessive sweating, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, a rapid or weak pulse, and cool, pale, or clammy skin. Symptoms of heat stroke are a throbbing headache or confusion, no sweating, a body temperature above 103 degrees and red, hot, or dry skin, nausea or vomiting, a rapid, strong pulse and possible unconsciousness.
Those who may be suffering heat exhaustion are encouraged to get to a cooler, air conditioned place, drink water if fully conscious and take a cool shower or use cold compresses. For those suffering a heat stroke, people are advised to call 911, move the person to a cooler place, cool the individual using cloths or a bath, and don’t give them anything to drink.
source: The Newark Advocate