Weather Turns Deadly

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 8:40am

Heatwave continues to claim lives.

The second straight month of record heat is taking a toll on the young and old of high school football.

A 16-year-old player near Atlanta has died a week after collapsing following practice in the blazing Georgia heat.

Another 16-year-old collapsed and died during practice at a football camp in Florida, stunning classmates and coaches.

Near Dallas, a coach collapsed and died during practice in triple digit heat.

Athletic departments across the county are accelerating the water breaks and even waiting until the sun goes down to start practice.

The heat's responsible for record-setting electricity use in Kansas City, where the mid-90's constituted much milder weather Wednesday, only because it was 107 on Tuesday.

It wasn't as toasty in Topeka either, the day after hitting 112 degrees.

Parents everywhere are keeping a close eye on the kids.

You watch the time but the fact that they can get into the fountain and cool off and have sunscreen on them is great," said Carolyn Tonidandel, a Charlotte, North Carolina resident.

All of it shows very little sign of letting up either.

Highs of 95 to 100 or higher were expected in every southern city east of the Mississippi on Wednesday.

In Charlotte, it was expected reach triple digits for the third time in a week.

The heat wave has already been a record breaker and more evidence of how wicked the weather's been this year, including the 753 tornados in April, the most ever in a one month period.
 

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