Heat wave claims a life in Seattle
By Associated Press
King County officials say a 66-year-old Seattle man is the first person to die because of the heat wave. The King County Medical Examiner's office says heart disease was a contributing factor in the death Wednesday of Allen J. Paul.
SEATTLE (AP) - King County officials say a 66-year-old Seattle man is the first person to die because of the heat wave.
The King County Medical Examiner's office says heart disease was a contributing factor in the death Wednesday of Allen J. Paul.
King County health officer Dr. David Fleming says it's possible the state may see additional deaths before the heat wave ends.
"We know that heat puts additional stress on people with underlying chronic conditions, just like the flu and other infectious diseases," Fleming said. "People with underlying conditions like heart disease need to take it easy, and all of us need to check on frail family, friends and neighbors."
Seattle temperatures have hovered above 85 degrees for six consecutive days, peaking at 103 on Wednesday.
A man in his 50s died Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma of a heat-related illness, said Franciscan Health System spokesman Gale Robinette. The Pierce County Medical Examiners office was still investigating the cause of the man's death on Thursday.
He was the hospital's only heat-related patient Wednesday, but five people were brought to the hospital because of the heat on Tuesday and three more on Thursday but nothing was life threatening, he said.
State Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer said Thursday afternoon he hadn't been notified of any other heat-related deaths in Washington. He said he would only hear of heat-related deaths if a county medical examiner determined heat was a factor.
What a way to start a beautiful weekend on the Oregon coast
Patch, our cat is waiting for breakfast as he enjoys the Sun in Lowell while the Valley and Eugene has a blanket of fog. A 13 mile drive to Lowell east of I-5 and you can escape the fog that Eugene residents put up with. It is worth the short commute to live out of the fog for most of the winter.
A short 13 mile drive east to Lowell and you can escape the Valley fog. 95% of the time that Eugene is socked in with fog there is blues skies in Lowell.