...EXCESSIVE HEAT AND HUMIDITY ON FRIDAY...
.HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS THE REGION FRIDAY BRINGING SOME
OF THE HOTTEST AIR OF THE SEASON. HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO
UPPER 90S WILL COMBINE WITH HIGH HUMIDITY TO RESULT IN HEAT INDEX
VALUES OF AROUND 105 DEGREES OR SLIGHTLY HIGHER FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A HEAT
ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES...105 TO 108 DEGREES.
* TIMING...FRIDAY AFTERNOON ESPECIALLY BETWEEN 2 AND 5 PM.
* IMPACTS...PROLONGED EXPOSURE OR ANY STRENUOUS ACTIVITY MAY LEAD
TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL
* LOCATIONS...PARTS OF THE PIEDMONT AND FOOTHILLS.
* HAZARDS...HIGH HEAT INDICES.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS HIGH HUMIDITIES ARE EXPECTED TO COMBINE
WITH HOT TEMPERATURES TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 105 DEGREES OR
GREATER. THIS COMBINATION WILL INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HEAT
ILLNESSES. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED
ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...CHECK ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS...
AND PROVIDE SHADE AND FRESH WATER FOR OUTDOOR ANIMALS.
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. WEAR LIGHTWEIGHT 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 9 1 1.
Before 'derecho' became an unwelcome, yet familiar name in the Lynchburg area, there was the Great Windstorm of ’93. The unexpected arrival on June 4, 1993 of what was then simply called a straight-line thunderstorm did $35 million in damages seemingly in minutes.
It wrenched most of the back wall away from the Academy of Music downtown. It also toppled two church steeples — First Baptist and Court Street Baptist. It pulled the 50-year-old cupola off the top of the Bradford Building, the signature landmark at Central Virginia Training Center. It toppled trees and power lines aplenty, leaving many without power for days.
Here is a selection of the many photos The News & Advance has in its archives documenting the misery left behind in the '93 storm’s wake.
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