Wind Chill Advisory & Safety Tips

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A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 3pm on Tuesday. With temperatures reaching a high of only 13 degrees and very cold winds expected, the wind chill will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Wind Chills are expected to range from 10 to -15 degrees in some areas. Effected counties include Delaware, Hardin, and Union.

With many schools already reporting delays and closures, we want to remind our followers that temperatures are expected to be around 7 degrees at the bus stop. Factoring in the 9mph wind gusts, this leaves the RealFeel Temperature at a chilling -7 degrees. If school does remain in session, remember to watch your friends. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek an adult or if a phone is nearby, dial 9-1-1.

  • Shivering
  • Slurred speech or mumbling
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Drowsiness or very low energy
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it produces it. The most common causes of hypothermia are exposure to cold-weather conditions or cold water. But prolonged exposure to any environment colder than your body can lead to hypothermia if you aren’t dressed appropriately or can’t control the conditions.

Specific conditions leading to hypothermia include:

  • Wearing clothes that aren’t warm enough for weather conditions
  • Staying out in the cold too long
  • Being unable to get out of wet clothes or move to a warm, dry location
  • Falling into the water, as in a boating accident
  • Living in a house that’s too cold, either from poor heating or too much air conditioning

As always, remember to check on your neighbors. Just because it may be warm in your home, doesn’t mean it is warm in theirs.

 

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