'Excessive Heat Warning' Issued For All Of Northeast Oklahoma

Tuesday, July 13th 2010, 2:05 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, OK -- Based on the forecast for the next couple of days, the National Weather Service has issued an 'Excessive Heat Warning' for Tulsa and much of NE Oklahoma and that means the city of Tulsa has entered operational phase 1 of its Heat Emergency Action Plan.

The 'Excessive Heat Warning' is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.

EMSA paramedics have responded to four patients with symptoms of heat-related illness on Tuesday, Public Information Officer Chris Stevens said at about 4:45 p.m.

The patients were a 28-year-old female, a 35-year-old male, a 43-year-old male, and a 49-year-old male.  All were treated by EMSA and transported to local hospitals where they are listed in fair condition.

The NWS says high pressure is building over Oklahoma, allowing temps to climb to near or above seasonal normals. Very humid conditions will remain entrenched across NE Oklahoma and this will translate into high heat index values.

Advanced Weather Discussion With News On 6 Meteorologist Dick Faurot

The 'Excessive Heat Warning' includes Cherokee, Adair, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Pittsburg, Ottawa, Wagoner, Washington, Osage, Craig, Nowata, Pawnee, Sequoyah, McIntosh, Muskogee, Latimer and Haskell counties.

EMSA advises individuals to wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned buildings and out of the sun and to check on relatives and neighbors.

It is also advised to take plenty of breaks if you are working outdoors. Do not leave children or pets in the car unattended.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • being dizzy, tired or weak
  • fainting spells
  • getting flushed
  • heavy sweating
  • fast heartbeat

The following cooling stations are open in Tulsa:

The Savation Army Center of Hope (Open 24 hours)
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center (from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday)
621 E. 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120