By Linda Girardi For The Courier-News July 2, 2012 8:38PM
Tree falls across sidewalk from westerly wind gusts Sunday in the 400 block of South First Street in Geneva.
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On the heels of the powerful storms over the weekend that knocked out power to numerous homes, and with the outlook of hot weather for the rest of the week, the Kane County Health Department is urging residents to be especially cautious in dealing with the oppressive heat.
A release issued Monday from the department said a list of cooling centers can be found at http://kanehealth.com/heat.htm for those whose homes are still without power.
The health effects of extreme heat are cumulative, which is why it is important to follow these tips to ensure you avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, according to the department:
Wear lightweight clothing that has plenty of ventilation, The fabric should breathe.
Consume an abundance of liquids in the summer.
Exercise or schedule other strenuous activities when the heat and humidity are lowest, usually early morning and late evenings.
Rest in cool, shady places frequently. If youre hot, go cool down get indoors, drink cool liquids, enjoy the air conditioning for a few minutes or take a cold shower.
Eat light, heart-healthy foods to replace minerals and nutrients that may be lost. Give your heart a little extra break during the summer months with a healthful diet.
Watch out for those at greatest risk such as very young children, the elderly, persons who may have health conditions. Certain medications may put you at greater risk of heat-related illnesses, so be aware of how medications may interact with the heat.
The department said to be on the lookout for these potential risk factors when spending any time outside during periods of extreme heat and humidity:
Dehydration. Occurs when more water leaves the body that you put back in. Stay well hydrated throughout the day and drink extra fluids when exercising or simply being outdoors on hot days.
Heat exhaustion. Symptoms may include headaches, weak pulse, rapid pulse, excessive sweating, dizziness, and in some instances fainting, clammy skin, chills, cold, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps or very fast or very shallow breathing. If you suspect you have heat exhaustion, take action immediately to cool down. If possible, immerse yourself in cool water.
Heat stroke. Unlike heat exhaustion, victims of heat stroke have warm skin that is dry to the touch because theyve sweated out all their extra water leaving the bodys natural cooling system without a key cool-down mechanism. High fever, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting and a strong, rapid pulse all accompany heat stroke. Victims may become confused and can lose consciousness. Heat stroke is a very serious condition. Cool the victim and seek immediate medical assistance.
Updated: July 3, 2012 2:59PM
Power was restored to Geneva Monday following outages that occurred Sunday and earlier that day.
Public Works Director Dan Dinges said a power outage at 5:30 a.m. Monday was the result of a bad ComEd switch.
By 10:30 a.m., power was back on in the affected area, west of the river and south of Route 38. The downtown area was not affected by the Monday morning outage, Dinges said.
ComEd dropped three of our substations we found a bad ComEd switch along the railroad tracks near Western Avenue on the southwest side of Geneva, Dinges said.
On Sunday, the primary outage was west of the river. Dinges said there were problems with a ComEd feeder line at the Peyton Street substation near Seventh and State streets on the citys northwest side. He said there were several different isolated problems throughout the city, as well.
Businesses on the east side reported power was restored soon after the storm hit during the noon hour on Sunday.
Dinges said the widespread outage on the west side began shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday and power was gradually restored through the evening hours.
At its height, 288,000 people mostly in the western suburbs lost power, ComEd Senior Vice President Fidel Marquez said.
By midday Monday, crews had cut that number to 92,000 customers, but repairs were being slowed by the toll the stifling, 90-degree-plus heat was taking on work crews, Marquez said.
It wasnt clear when all customers would have their power restored, but Com Ed officials acknowledged it might take several days.
Some suburban residents were temporarily leaving their homes because of the lingering power outages.
The fast-moving storm hardly dented the drought, dropping barely more than an inch of rain even in the hardest-hit areas. West suburban Winfield recorded the highest total about 1.35 inches.
The storms are moving through so quick theyre not going to put down much rain, National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Ratzer said.
Nor will the storm surge ease the heat wave that is expected to keep Chicago area residents coping with 90-degree-plus temperatures into next weekend. High temperatures arent expected to stay below 90 until Sunday, Ratzer said.
Sun-Times Media contributed to this story.
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