Med-Star Responded To 18 Heat-Related Calls, More Expected

Curt Lewis
July 11, 2019 - 6:48 am
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The Heat Index will once again be over 100 today, meaning it could be dangerous again.

Yesterday, it got so bad by the afternoon that Med-Star reported 18 heat-related calls that sent more than a dozen people to the hospital. Eight of those were considered serious, indeed. 

The day became oppressive by mid-afternoon as temperatures soared to the mid-90s and even the upper 90s in a few places. But with the humidity right at 50% at the hottest point of the day, Dew Points were a sweltering 74 to 76 for hours.

By 4:30 p.m. it got so bad in Burleson that a block I-35 pavement buckled badly, forcing all south-bound traffic down to just one lane while TxDOT made repairs during the afternoon rush hour.

Traffic was backed up forever until last night when the the work was finished and this morning all south-bound lanes are again open.​