Record-breaking heat wave kills more than 130 people in Canada; hundreds of people treated for heat-related illnesses in the United States | The Weather Channel – Articles de The Weather Channel
- More than two dozen deaths in a Canadian city are likely linked to the heat, officials say.
- More than 200 people were treated Monday for heat-related illnesses in Oregon.
- At least three people have died swimming in Washington’s lakes and rivers.
More than two dozen deaths in the Canadian suburb of Vancouver are likely linked to the historic heat wave that in recent days has broken temperature records from western Canada to California in the United States, according to early city stakeholders.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Burnaby, about 9 miles east of Vancouver, said in a statement Tuesday that it had responded to more than 25 “sudden death” calls in the previous 24 hours.
“Although still under investigation, heat is considered a contributing factor in the majority of deaths,” the statement said. “Many of the people who died were old people.”
Meanwhile, police said they responded to more than 130 sudden deaths between Friday and Wednesday, with heat often a factor, the BBC reported.
Police have since urged people to inquire about their neighbors.
“We find that this weather can be deadly for vulnerable members of our community, especially the elderly and those with underlying health issues,” said the RCMP Corporal in Burnaby. said Mike Kalanj.
Dozens of similar calls in the nearby town of Surrey.
In the United States, heat-related hospital visits have increased and several people have reportedly drowned trying to cool off as residents of the Northwest suffered from the scorching heat that has equaled or broken dozens of records all time.
Extreme temperatures have also caused roads to buckle, business closures and continued power outages.
“It’s really deadly and we’re not used to it, we’re not prepared for it,” Seattle Red Cross spokeswoman Betsy Robertson told ABC News.
Robertson noted that many homes in the area are not air conditioned.
“The lucky few who have air conditioning stay indoors, and for just about everyone, they have to be very creative in keeping their homes cool and hopefully seeking refuge outside their homes. ‘It’s too hot,’ she said. .
In some cases, however, it also becomes dangerous. At least three people have died swimming in Washington’s lakes and rivers over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
Two people swimming in the Willamette River southwest of Portland in Yamhill County went missing in separate incidents on Saturday. The search for the two missing men was put on hold on Monday, the Oregonian reported.
Also in Oregon, about 250 people were seen in hospital emergency rooms or emergency care facilities for heat-related illnesses on Monday, according to the state health authority. More than 150 were seen on Sunday and around 60 on Saturday. These figures are a sharp increase compared to what is usual.
“This is associated with the excessive heat seen throughout the state,” state health officials said.
The figures included nearly four dozen people who were treated for heat-related illnesses in Portland over the weekend, where a typical June day normally sees one case or less, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
“People’s bodies are stressed,” Multnomah County health officer Dr. Jennifer Vines told the OPB. “My main message is to take this for the serious health threat it is.”
County emergency medical services received a record number of calls on Sunday.
Cooling centers with food, cots and water were opened for those who needed a place to escape the heat.
Ebony Morris, who lives in a tent in Portland, told the Oregonian that local residents were dropping off water and food after another sweltering night.
“It’s been going on since the weekend,” Morris said. “So many neighbors stop to ask us if we need help. Everyone is helping us.”
Defenders working at a homeless camp in Bend, Oregon, suspect that two men they found dead over the weekend have succumbed to the extreme temperatures.
Campers had to be evacuated from a location on Mount Hood due to flooding from melting snow which was likely accelerated by the heat, according to Heather Ibsen, spokesperson for Mount Hood. Hood National Forest.
“Due to loose soil and seasonal snowmelt, this road may be subject to temporary flooding – usually after heavy rains,” Ibsen told KGW-TV. “In this case, the extreme temperatures likely contributed to the snowmelt and a point along the creek could have been blocked and the water diverted, making its own course across the road.”
The campsite is closed until further notice.
Interstate 5 in Seattle was closed after heat caused the pavement to warp, the AP reported. Tanker crews watered the drawbridges to prevent the steel from expanding and causing problems with bridge operations.
Cherry growers in the central part of the state have installed canopies, deployed sprinklers and sent workers at night to pick fruit in hopes of saving their crops from the heat.
And as the heatwave moves east, at least one utility company has warned of power outages until Tuesday afternoon in Spokane, Wash. About 8,200 Avista Utilities customers lost power on Monday.
Meanwhile, officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, are investigating 53 deaths believed to be linked to a heat wave earlier this month, according to the AP.
Nationally, extreme heat is responsible for more weather-related deaths in the United States in an average year than any other hazard.
Excessive heat claimed an average of 138 deaths per year in the United States from 1990 to 2019, according to NOAA. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the number even higher at more than 600 per year.
Statistics compiled from NOAA data show that heat waves have become more common, longer lasting and more intense as global warming has accelerated since the 1960s.
“This is the start of a permanent emergency,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told NBC News amid the current heatwave. “That’s why it’s so disturbing.”
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