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Posts published in “Day: July 26, 2022

100˚+ Heat Wave setting records

HARRIS COUNTY – For at least 18 days since the beginning of the year, Southeast Texas has experienced record setting temperatures of 100˚+. In the month of July, we are on track to set the hottest month on record, checking records all the way back to 1889. Little to no rain is forecast to alleviate this problem for the next week or more.

Authorities are advising about Heat Stroke, and other measures to deal with the excessive heat.

Heat Safety & Heat Stroke: What You Need to Know During a Heat Wave

When you live in Southeast Texas where the summers are always hot, a heat warning or advisory may not seem like a big deal. But, right now, it’s excessively hot, and it’s a good time to brush up on heat safety.

Heat stroke, also referred to as sun stroke, is when a person’s body overheats as a result of exposure to hot weather. When it’s particularly hot outside, your body temperature can rise faster than your body’s cooling mechanisms (such as sweating) are able to lower it. In addition, heat that’s accompanied by high humidity (above 75%) can reduce the effect sweat has on lowering your body temperature.

“In most cases, heat stroke results from exercising outside in the heat without proper hydration. But, when it’s really hot outside, a person doesn’t have to be exercising to develop heat stroke,” said Dr. Gregory Terry, a primary care physician with Houston Methodist Baytown.

Here’s what you need to know about heat stroke and staying safe in the heat during a heat wave.

The signs and symptoms of heat stroke:

The most common symptoms of heat stroke include:

—A body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, as measured by a rectal thermometer
—Sudden confusion or hallucinations
—Difficulty walking

“People suffering from heat stroke may also experience racing heart rate, rapid breathing, overly warm skin or skin redness, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle cramps and weakness, and throbbing headaches,” said Dr. Terry.

Heat stroke is an emergency requiring immediate medical attention

The high body temperature associated with heat stroke can damage your brain, heart, kidneys, muscles and other organs. “The longer heat stroke is left untreated, the more damage can be done to these vital organs — increasing the risk of longterm complications and even death,” added Dr. Terry.

This means heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you love is showing signs of heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

While waiting for help to arrive, try to cool the person down by:

—Moving him or her into the shade or air conditioning
—Removing clothing
—Applying wet towels to the head, neck, armpits and groin or soaking in a cool bath

Heat stroke is preventable

First of all, a person’s risk of experiencing heat stroke is predictable. As soon as your local officials issue a heat alert, especially if it’s a heat advisory, that’s your cue to take extra precautions to stay safe outdoors.

Given the serious nature of heat stroke, it’s important to take steps to prevent heat stroke from happening altogether.

Tips for preventing heat stroke:

—Stay hydrated
—Avoid being in a parked car
—Wear loose-fitting clothing outdoors
—Exercise indoors or early in the morning
—Take frequent “cool down” breaks in the shade if you work outdoors
—Apply (and reapply) sunscreen
—Limit alcohol while in the heat
—Swap outdoor activities for indoor ones

IMPERIAL VALLEY: 2 Dead, 3 injured in Carjacking crash

The overturned Jeep struck a tree on Imperial Valley. The tree had to be cut away from the wreckage to extricate the passengers, 2 of whom were declared dead at the scene, and 3 injured.

NORTH HOUSTON – A carjacking by six youths that started at a car wash on Bammel North Houston, ended in a chase by HCSO deputies, and a crash into a tree on Imperial Valley Drive that killed two youths and injured three.

Deputies said they responded to the reports of a carjacking at a carwash near Bammel North Houston around 10 p.m. last Wednesday evening. According to investigators, a 17-year-old was washing his Jeep Wrangler when six men carjacked him. A deputy later located five of the suspects with the teen’s vehicle near Imperial Valley Drive and Greens Road, investigators said.

The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop but the suspects in the stolen vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued, HCSO said.

Deputies said that the suspected getaway driver lost control of the vehicle when they passed Fairview Park Drive heading northbound on Imperial Valley Drive, which caused the Jeep to strike a tree.

Debris from a fence, the Jeep, and a tree that had to be cut down, mark the scene of the fatal accident on Imperial Valley after the carjacking chase and crash.

BACK TO SCHOOL: School started July 18 at four Aldine campuses

Additional Days School Year program

HOUSTON – Aldine ISD has expanded its Additional Days School Year (ADSY) program to two more campuses as Harris Elementary and Smith Elementary will welcome students on the first day of instruction on Monday.

Students at Harris and Smith will attend school for 210 days during the 2022-2023 school year, while staff will attend eight days of professional development for 216 days, a news release from the district said.

After its pilot launch of ADSY at Vines Primary and Ermel Elementary in the 2021-2022 school year, the district moved to expand the program.

“Based on the amazing year both Ermel and Vines had implementing ADSY at their respective campuses, we are looking forward to implementing the initiative here at Smith,” Smith Principal Ida Carter said. “We are thrilled to bring the opportunity of carrying the momentum of each school year through to the next for our students while also applying innovative learning practices that will equip our students with the tools, they need to be successful in life.”

Suspect Sought in 3 Shooting Incidents

Houston police have released surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in three shooting incidents that occurred at multiple locations on Saturday (June 25).

The suspect is described as a male in his late 20s to early 30s, with a slim build, wearing eyeglasses and a beanie. He spoke broken Spanish. Surveillance photos of the suspect are attached to this news release.

The victims, Acner Baz, 34, Jennifer Heath Espeseth, 49, and Wilmer Tomas Paguada, 53, suffered minor injuries.

HPD Major Assaults and Family Violence Division Detective L. Hicks reported:

About 2 a.m., Mr. Baz was stopped at the traffic light at Telephone Road and Bellfort Street. He advised officers the suspect approached him and demanded his vehicle. The suspect shot into the vehicle. Baz exited and, as he ran away, the suspect fired more shots at him before driving away in his vehicle. Baz sustained a cut along the bottom of his left ear.