Cooling Centers open to help Memphians beat the heat

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of Memphis opened additional cooling centers on Wednesday to help those without electricity after Tuesday night’s storm.

The following locations were opened to help Memphians beat the heat:

  • Orange Mound Community Center at 2572 Park Avenue
  • Raleigh Community Center at 3678 Powers
  • Whitehaven Community Center at 4318 Graceland

All of the centers will remain open until 8 p.m. each day.

In addition, MATA said it would help those who need a lift to the centers.

To get in touch with them, please call (901) 636-2525.

MLGW told WREG 73 crews are out working throughout the Mid-South working to restore power for those still in the dark.

At the time of the release, it was estimated 7,000 were still without power.

MLGW expected to reach full restoration by Friday, July 17 at noon.

The following health precautions are recommended to avoid dehydration, heat-related illnesses or more severe consequences, especially among vulnerable populations such as the elderly and young children.

  • Drink non-alcoholic and caffeine-free liquids, such as water and juices.
  • Be aware of those at high risk, such as the elderly, infants- check on elderly parents, relatives, acquaintances and neighbors as often as possible.
  • Do not leave infants, children, the elderly or pets unattended in a parked car (even if the windows are down or the air conditioning is on) or any other hot environment.
  • Plan to exercise and do other strenuous activities early or late in the day when it is cooler or utilize air-conditioned facilities.
  • Use an umbrella, hat or sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and wear loose-fitting and light clothing to help heat escape away from your body. Rest frequently in a shady area.
  • Ask your physician whether you are at particular risk because of medication.
  • Remember to leave fresh water in the bowl for pets kept outdoors and provide as much shade as possible. Change the water frequently to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

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