Heat Advisory Issued As Cooling Centers Open

Jul 13, 2017

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for all of Delmarva.

Health Officials

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials are advising Delaware residents to take precautions as temperatures in the region continue to soar.

With temperatures expected to reach the mid-to-high 90s and heat index values ranging from 100 to 105 degrees later this week, officials are encouraging residents to take steps to prevent heat illness.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for New Castle County and an excessive heat advisory for Kent and Sussex counties from 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Cooling Centers

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With the temperatures hitting the upper 90’s the Lower Shore counties have opened cooling centers.

In Somerset County those include the Princess Anne and Crisfield libraries from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow.

In addition, the MAC Center in Westover will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for today.

The Woodrow Wilson Community Center in Crisfield will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Wicomico County the Civic Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow and anyone needing transportation should call Shore Transit.

The MAC center will also be open be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow.

In Worcester County people are encouraged to visit the libraries in Snow Hill…Pocomoke, Ocean Pines and Berlin as well as the recreational center in Snow Hill to escape the heat.

Meanwhile in Sussex County there are three cooling stations that have opened.

The South Coast and Milton Libraries will be open today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The County Administration Building in Georgetown will also be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Delmarva Power

Delmarva Power says the mid-Atlantic region's power supply is expected to be sufficient to meet high demand Thursday, but it is encouraging customers in Delaware and Maryland to conserve energy.

The company says customers in Maryland and Delaware should cut their electrical use between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Delmarva Power is also offering customers an incentive by earning credits simply by saving energy this afternoon.

Participants in the Peak Savings Day will get a credit of $1.25 for every kilowatt hour of reduced electrical use below the average.