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Three people are treated for effects from the heat

August 16, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

The thermometer read 93 degrees Thursday at 2:38 p.m. with a heat index of 100 degrees, another hot day in a long, hot summer.

There were at least three emergency calls Thursday for people whose internal thermometers had overheated because of the sweltering weather.

A 13-year-old girl walking on the C&O Canal with her mother Thursday afternoon was overcome and needed medical care, a spokesman with the Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Co. said.

The call came in to Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications at 2:17 p.m. and for a while, rescuers were coming up empty in their search for the girl due to inexact directions from her mother who was calling on a cellular phone.

Clear Spring Ambulance personnel found her just below Dam No. 5 where she was given on-the-spot care for overheating, the ambulance spokesman said. She refused transport to a hospital.

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Minutes after that call, Boonsboro Ambulance Co. personnel were dispatched to Greenbrier State Park for one instance of heat exposure. A woman was later transported to Washington County Hospital, dispatchers said.

Soon afterward, another call came in but a park staff member said later that person's complaint turned out to be an asthma attack that was probably heat-related. There was no transport on that call, dispatchers said.

The incidents at Greenbrier occurred on the beach area, a park employee said.

A brief rainstorm passed through Hagerstown at around 4 p.m. but only .08 of an inch of rain fell, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

The temperature had dropped to 79 degrees at 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service said today's high is expected to be in the upper 80s, with a 40 percent chance of rain. Tonight's low is expected to be near 70 degrees.

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