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NWS upgrades to heat warning; cooling shelters remain open

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded Wednesday’s excessive heat advisory to an excessive heat warning, in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

High temperatures today are expected to be 88 to 91 near the lake and 92 to 96 inland, with the hottest conditions on Friday and Saturday when temps are predicted to reach 95 to 100 degrees.

Maximum heat indices today: 99 to 101 near the lake, 105 to 110 inland. Maximum heat indices on Friday: 109 to 115 degrees.

“The cumulative effects of temperatures and heat index values this high could lead to heat related illnesses with prolonged exposure,” NWS said. “Those without air conditioning, elderly, small children, and pets are especially susceptible. Plan ahead. Have a cool place to shelter from the heat. Avoid outdoor activity, especially strenuous ones, during the peak heating times of the day. 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,” NWS added. “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 911.”

“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” NWS said. “This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.”

Cooling Shelters

--In Chesterton: the Town Hall meeting room, 726 Broadway. The meeting room is now open 24/7 through the weekend. Water and cots will be provided. No need to call head.

--In Porter: call the Porter Police Department first, at 926-7611. Cooling shelters may include the Community Building in Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Drive; or the Porter Fire Station, 550 Beam St. Transportation may be available for Porter residents, as resources permit.

--In Burns Harbor: the Fire Station, 308 Navajo Trail; with the Town Hall, 1240 N. Boo Road, as an overflow site if needed.

--Also in Chesterton: the Duneland YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St. in Chesterton. Open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

--In Chesterton as well: the Thomas Branch of the Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

--Also in Porter: the Hageman Branch of the Westchester Public Library, 100 Francis St. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday.

--In Ogden Dunes: the Ogden Dunes Fire Department, 111 Hillcrest Road. Non-emergency number: 477-3170.

--In Portage: Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road. Non-emergency number: 477-3170.

--In Valparaiso: Valparaiso YMCA, 1202 Cumberland Crossing. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

--Also in Valparaiso: Porter County Public Library, 103 Jefferson St. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

 

 

 

Posted 7/18/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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