Rochester community battling the heat and blackouts

July 02, 2018 06:08 AM

As people across the area struggle to keep it cool, some of them are doing it with no electricity.

RG&E is now reporting scattered blackouts including in Rochester. As of 6:00 a.m. Monday, 306 Monroe County residents were still without power -- down from 1,464 at 11 p.m. Sunday.


RG&E says they are working to restore power. 

As you can imagine, it was a miserable day for people without power but not everyone spent the day complaining.

One of those without power, Laurelle Byrne-Cody said, "our power is out so we're just trying to make the best of it. We have the sprinklers set up, we're enjoying the nice weather, at least it's not snowing."

Byrne-Cody and her friend decided to make an adventure out of what could be a pretty serious situation. They created a homemade sprinkler and sat out in the hot, uncomfortable temperatures relaxing in the cool water. 

A neighbor a few doors down wasn't so fortunate. Her best defense was a seat on the porch and not much movement. 

Medical professionals say weather this hot is not just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous.

Dr. Tracey Davidoff is an attending physician at Rochester Regional Health Immediate Care. She says it's best to avoid long periods of time in the heat or the sun. She says sunburn is a concern, but so is heat exhaustion or heat stroke. She says heat stroke can be a life-threatening condition. So how do you know if you're in danger?

Dr. Davidoff explained, "what will happen is once you realized you're a little overheated is you'll start to sweat, you start to get kind of thirsty, sleepy lethargic, sort of tired. That's your cue, get out of the heat. You need to go seek some air conditioning, and have a couple drinks of some cold water."

Dr. Davidoff says the best thing to do is get to an air-conditioned area, if not, a shaded area and drink lots of water. Put ice on your body to cool it down.

She says if you start feeling weak, like you're going to pass out, thinking or behaving strangely, it is time to go to the hospital. She advises calling 911.


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