National Weather Service

Summer Survival Tips to Avoid Heat Related Illness

Jun 19, 2017
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Heat related illness led to 25 deaths last year in Missouri, according to the state’s department of health. Officials are advising how to stay safe during Summer Weather Safety Week.

Stella Falconer, the quality nurse specialist for Mercy Springfield’s emergency room, says, “Typically we see between 40-50 people each summer, primarily heat exhaustion or milder symptoms. We do on occasion get heat stroke, the more severe, life threatening.”

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Severe weather is a possibility over the next couple of days.  Gene Hatch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, said we could see severe storms late tonight through tomorrow evening in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.  One of the primary concerns, according to Hatch, is large hail.

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Rain, possibly heavy at times, is expected in the Ozarks beginning tonight—in areas already impacted by floodwaters. 

"We're generally looking at a widespread one to three inches of rainfall, but the heaviest looks like it's going to be along and north of (I-44) where areas should see two to three inches, maybe isolated higher amounts," said Mike Griffin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield.

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Strong winds overnight knocked down trees and damaged roofs in parts of the Ozarks.  There were reports to the National Weather Service of a roof blown off a building in downtown Springfield, other damage to downtown buildings and part of a roof blown off an apartment complex at West Bypass and Kearney.  A large tree was down at Chestnut and National, and a sign blew down on Park Central Square. 

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Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off today with an actual possibility of severe weather.  A strong storm system will move into the area tonight, and scattered storms could develop by early to mid evening, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Andy Foster.